Media Release: Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde

20 April 2020

As of 17h00 on 19 April, the Western Cape has recorded 905 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases 905
Total recoveries 215
Total deaths 17
Total active cases (currently infected patients) 673
Patients in hospital 37 of which 17 are in ICU
Total tests conducted 17 307

Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

Sub-district Cases
Western 241
Southern 158
Northern 38
Tygerberg 79
Eastern 72
Klipfontein 57
Mitchells Plain 57
Khayelitsha 53
Total 755

Sub Districts Non-Metro:

District  Sub-district Cases
Garden Route Bitou 5
Garden Route Knysna 14
Garden Route George 14
Garden Route Hessequa 5
Garden Route Mossel Bay 19
Garden Route Oudtshoorn 3
Cape Winelands Stellenbosch 13
Cape Winelands Drakenstein 7
Cape Winelands Breede Valley 15
Cape Winelands Langeberg 1
Cape Winelands Witzenberg 24
Overberg Overstrand 11
Overberg Theewaterskloof 1
West Coast Saldanha Bay Municipality 3
West Coast Matzikama 1
West Coast Swartland 4

Unallocated: 10

Data notes:

*Going forward, the data will be reported as at 17h00 on the previous day, rather than at midnight in order to allow more time to prepare the daily reports.

The Western Cape has recorded one additional death- a 48 year old male, bringing the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the province to 17.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased at this difficult time.

Message from the Minister of Health, Nomafrench Mbombo:

“Together we can fight the spread of COVID-19 simply by STAYING AT HOME when possible. When you don’t stay at home you expose yourself to contracting the virus. Be a hero- stay at home and protect the most vulnerable community members.”

Humanitarian and social relief:

The nationwide lockdown has put economic pressure on households and families across the country. With many not able to work and earn a salary right now, the need for humanitarian and food relief is urgent.

Over the weekend, I was part of the President’s Coordinating Council where the need for food relief was discussed as a matter of deep concern.

We welcome President Ramaphosa’s commitment in his newsletter today that national government will scale up welfare provision to help households living below the poverty line.

In the Western Cape, we are currently using the data that we have available to us to map where the greatest need exists, and to ensure that relief efforts from all spheres of government and the NGO and private sector do not overlap.

As part of these mapping efforts, we have determined that municipalities in the Western Cape have so far spent R 7 million on feeding schemes and food parcels during the lockdown. Many municipalities are however unable to afford this in the long run. The Western Cape Government is currently working on proposals in order to further support feeding schemes at a municipal level.

The Western Cape Government has started the roll-out of the 50 000 food parcels which we have undertaken to fund and distribute. We continue to receive thousands of requests daily for food relief. We have doubled our call centre capacity in order to deal with the increased call volumes, however we understand that there is still a backlog and we are working 24/7 to ensure we onboard additional trained call centre agents.

Members of the public should please carefully read the qualifying criteria and details around the vetting process before filling in the form. Our food relief parcels are intended for those most in need, they are limited in number, and they will only be dispensed once a social worker has approved the application.

The qualifying criteria for relief are:

  • Households affected by COVID-19 infections in the following instances:

–   A member/s of the family tested positive for the virus and they are in quarantine in their homes.

–   A household where a member of the family tested positive for the virus and where they have insufficient means to sustain themselves during the lockdown period.

  • A person who is on medication or who suffers from a chronic illness and has insufficient means to sustain themselves and was assessed and referred by a local clinic or registered health practitioner.
  • A person and their household who have insufficient means to sustain themselves during the lockdown period who was referred by a registered humanitarian relief agency, registered NPO or a municipal manager, and assessed by DSD. In this instance, persons not yet in receipt of SASSA grants, including the elderly, child headed houses, grant awaiting beneficiaries will be prioritised.

Emergency feeding has continued at schools in the province. These meals have allowed us to meet some of the nutritional needs of thousands of our youngest citizens at a time when they are most in need of it.

I would like to extend my thanks to the teachers and volunteers who are helping the Western Cape Government to feed our vulnerable residents, as well as to the many NGOs, businesses and individuals who are responding to the needs of our communities right now with donations, meals and food parcels. Your kindness and selflessness at this time are valued.