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25 May 2020

Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde – 400% increase in tests since 25 April

25 May 2020

 

Media Release: Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde – 400% increase in tests since 25 April, but national backlog is growing

 

 

 

As of 1pm on 25 May, the Western Cape has 7439 active cases of Covid-19, with a total of 14 978 confirmed cases and 7221 recoveries.

 

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases 14978
Total recoveries 7221
Total deaths 318
Total active cases (currently infected patients) 7439
Total number of tests                                       124079
Hospitalisations 554 of which 139 are in ICU or high care

 

 

Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

 

Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Western 1581 833
Southern 1771 615
Northern 934 479
Tygerberg 2311 1293
Eastern 1314 725
Klipfontein 1858 822
Mitchells Plain 1478 727
Khayelitsha 1940 1147
Total 13187 6641

Sub-districts:

 

District  Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Garden Route Bitou 14 6
Garden Route Knysna 45 17
Garden Route George 55 20
Garden Route Hessequa 12 9
Garden Route Kannaland 1 1
Garden Route Mossel Bay 31 20
Garden Route Oudtshoorn 10 3
Cape Winelands Stellenbosch 111 45
Cape Winelands Drakenstein 312 93
Cape Winelands Breede Valley 124 39
Cape Winelands Langeberg 12 3
Cape Winelands Witzenberg 224 185
Overberg Overstrand 33 20
Overberg Cape Agulhas 5 2
Overberg Swellendam 10 7
Overberg Theewaterskloof 40 9
West Coast Bergrivier 20 8
​West Coast ​Cederberg 3 0
West Coast  Matzikama 2 0
West Coast Saldanha Bay Municipality 40 5
West Coast Swartland 47 19
       
Central Karoo Beaufort West                                       2 0

 

Unallocated: 638 (69 recovered)

 

Additional data can be found on the dashboard at www.westerncape.gov.za/coronavirus.

 

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 18 COVID-19 deaths-bringing the total number of deaths from the virus in the province to 318. We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased at this time.

 

Testing backlogs:

 

A total of 124 079 tests have been completed in the Western Cape- representing a 400% increase in the number of tests conducted in the province since 25 April. This increase in testing in the Western Cape and in other provinces has resulted in a considerable backlog in the processing of these tests and in the release of their results by the National Health Laboratory Services. 

 

The NHLS is a national entity, and the Western Cape has previously written to both President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize regarding the backlogs which are creating considerable delays in people receiving their test results back. During his recent visit to the Western Cape, Minister Mkhize indicated that the delays were due to shortages of reagents and test kits which are being experienced world-wide.

 

The backlog in the Western Cape has now grown to approximately 18 000 tests. 

 

In the absence of a rapid-test solution, the decision is to prioritise healthcare workers, those in hospital and those at high risk including the elderly and those with underlying conditions in order to ensure the most efficient way of managing the curve of the disease in this phase of community transmission.

 

We once again call on both the President and Minister Mkhize to move as quickly as possible to ensure that the NHLS is provided with the resources it so urgently requires and that testing across the country can continue unhindered.

 

Alert level 3:

Today marks one week until the entire country will move to Alert Level 3. This will be done in conjunction with our targeted hotspot plan.

 

We welcome this move which will allow many more people to be able to put food on the table. We are facing a very serious humanitarian crisis, which must be averted if we are to save lives in the future too.

 

But we must be absolutely clear- this does not mean life must go back to normal. It will not be business as usual in the Western Cape.  We will all need to work much harder to protect ourselves and to protect our loved ones. 

 

For those businesses that will be re-opening, it is up to you to ensure the safety of your staff and of your customers. Use the next week to prepare your plans and ensure that everything is in place so that there is social distancing in place at all times, hygiene measures and cleaning routines are in place and risks are removed. Businesses can find a list of workplace protocols and sector specific steps here (LINK)

 

There is also greater responsibility on every single person returning to work next week. Make sure that you are washing your hands regularly, that you are wearing your mask and that there is always distance between you and other people. You must stay home if you feel ill so that you don't make others around you ill. Please also remember that if you have any difficulty breathing, you must seek urgent healthcare.

 

The Western Cape Government is working around the clock to make sure that all our healthcare responses are in place, and that our hotspot plan is being efficiently and effectively executed. But we cannot fight this Covid-19 pandemic alone. We need everyone to help us by taking responsibility for themselves, and for their loved ones, so that we can protect the vulnerable from infection. 

 

We have not yet reached the peak yet, and the situation is going to get worse before it gets better. So please keep safe, keep your loved ones safe, and save lives.

 

Donations for healthcare workers:

 

Today, Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, Health Minister Nomafrench Mbombo and I received a donation of over 2700 pairs of shoes and warm tops from Adidas, which will be distributed to healthcare workers in Cape Town, Gauteng and Kwa Zulu Natal.

 

Healthcare workers are at the frontline of our response to COVID-19 and comfortable shoes are important as they spend long hours on their feet. With winter weather starting to descend on the Western Cape, warm tops for our health-workers working early morning or late-night shifts, will be most welcome. We extend our gratitude to Adidas for their generous donation.

 

I would also like to thank all of those individuals, businesses and organisations who have stepped up to help us in the response to this pandemic. Whether it is through donations for our healthcare workers, providing meals for the hungry or volunteering time to make a difference at a time when many are experiencing difficulty, your assistance and your kindness are deeply valued.

 

Last published 25 May 2020