29 April 2020
Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde-Number of tests conducted now exceed 30 000
- 29 April 2020
Media Release: Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde-Number of tests conducted now exceed 30 000
29 April 2020
As of 17h00 on 28 April, the Western Cape has recorded 1935 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection.
|Total confirmed COVID-19 cases||1935|
|Total active cases (currently infected patients)||1273|
|Total number of tests||30803|
|Patients in hospital||84 with 26 in ICU|
Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:
Sub Districts Non-Metro:
|Garden Route||Mossel Bay||19|
|Cape Winelands||Breede Valley||24|
|West Coast||Saldanha Bay Municipality||3|
*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.
Three cases previously allocated to Swartland have been reallocated due to updated address data.
The Western Cape has recorded another three deaths- two men, aged 78 and 67, and a 79-year old woman- all with underlying illnesses. This brings the total number of deaths in the province to 38. We send our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased at this difficult time.
Community testing and screening:
Our community screening and testing initiative continues this week- with testing in areas across the metro and in our non-metro regions. In total, we have screened nearly 200 000 people- and tested over 7000 of these.
Our screening and testing follows an active case finding approach, where we rigorously follow the pockets of infections within communities.
Community screening helps us to identify where infections may be prevalent, and to test, isolate and quarantine as necessary.
Cabinet today received a full presentation the co-ordinated response to COVID-19 infections in the Witzenberg region. The response included an overview of screening and testing conducted to date, updates on engagements with businesses and farmers in the area as well as planned responses in the transport space.
The Departments of Agriculture and Health are currently engaging with the industry in order to develop guidelines for screening and testing on farms and have already advised on protocol for the transportation of agri-workers.
Over 35 000 masks have also been distributed to farm workers in the region, with the assistance of AgriWC and AFASA.
The Department of Basic Education today made a presentation to national Parliament containing tentative dates for the reopening of schools. These dates are not definite and do not constitute an official announcement.
This has caused some confusion and concern. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga is expected to make announcements tomorrow and we await her comments for further clarity.
CTICC temporary hospital:
Earlier today, we announced that we will be turning the CTICC into a temporary COIVD-19 hospital, with over 800 acute beds, as part of our preparedness planning. Work will now begin to fit the site, which is expected to open in June. More details on this will be announced tomorrow.Last published 29 April 2020