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17 April 2020

Update on the Coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde

17 April 2020

Media Release: Update on the Coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde
17 April 2020
 
As of 00h01 on 17 April, the Western Cape has recorded 743 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection.
 
Total confirmed COVID-19 cases    743
Total recoveries    205
Total deaths    13
Total active cases (currently infected patients)    525
Patients in hospital     33 with 16 in ICU
Total tests conducted to date    13 752
 
 
Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:
 

Sub-district    Cases
Western    211
Southern    154
Northern    35
Tygerberg    70
Eastern    52
Klipfontein    42
Mitchells Plain    22
Khayelitsha    31
Total    617

Sub Districts Non-Metro:
District     Sub-district    Cases
Garden Route    Bitou    5
Garden Route    Knysna    13
Garden Route    George    13
Garden Route    Hessequa    5
Garden Route    Mossel Bay    17
Garden Route    Oudtshoorn    2
Cape Winelands    Stellenbosch    14
Cape Winelands    Drakenstein    7
Cape Winelands    Breede Valley    11
Cape Winelands    Langeberg    1
Cape Winelands    Witzenberg    5
Overberg    Overstrand    10
Overberg    Theewaterskloof    1
West Coast    Saldanha Bay Municipality    4
West Coast    Matzikama    1
West Coast    Swartland    2
 
Unallocated: 15
Last night, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize officially announced a further six deaths that have occurred in the Western Cape over the past few days, bringing the total deaths in the province to 13. The six are all women, aged 43, 51, 56, 59, 68 and 86. We send our condolences to all of their loved ones at this difficult time.

While many who contract COVID-19 will recover, each new death we record is a somber reminder of the seriousness of the situation we are dealing with. We must all be doing everything we can to stop the spread, to protect ourselves and the most vulnerable, and to save lives.
Community screening update:

Yesterday, we recorded our most successful single day of screening to date- with 12 381 people screened in communities across the province. This brings the total number of people screened in the province to 41 099- with 2782 people tested since community screenings started at the beginning of the month.
Our thanks go out to those healthcare workers on the ground doing the screening and testing as well as all of those who have taken part. We continue to call on communities to welcome and to protect our community healthcare workers who are performing this service with the best interests of our residents at heart.

Changes to regulations:
We note the announcements made by the national government yesterday regarding changes to the regulations. We welcome those regarding the operation of hardware stores, IT, electrical and plumbing repair services and the sale of essential baby goods. Some of these, such as the sale of hardware and baby goods, were among the proposed amendments the province submitted to COGTA earlier this month. 
Going forward, we would also like to see regulations on the sale of stationery and electronics such as phones and laptops, that are necessary for school learners, students and businesses operating from home. I will continue to advocate on national platforms for the opening to market of these goods as soon as possible.

We note the about-turn in regulations around the transport of wine for export, which is now blocked again. Wine exports are important in the province, supporting a large number of jobs and contributing significantly to the economy. The about-turn from last week, when exports were unblocked, has caused significant confusion and we will be writing to the national government for urgent clarity in this regard.

Last published 17 April 2020