NEWS & ANALYSIS

693 patients hospitalised with Covid-19 in WCape – Alan Winde

Premier says province has recorded an additional 18 deaths

Media Release: Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde

9 September 2020

As of 1pm on 9 September, the Western Cape has 2805 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 106 700 confirmed cases and 99 886 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

106700

Total recoveries

99886

Total deaths

4009

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

2805

Tests conducted

494415

Hospitalisations

693 with 130 in ICU or high care

Cape Metro Sub-districts:

 Sub-district

Cases

 

Recoveries

Western

9310

 8792

Southern

9599

 8949

Northern

6633

6320

Tygerberg

13225

 12527

Eastern

10074

 9491

Klipfontein

9110

 8416

Mitchells Plain

8553

 8049

Khayelitsha

8280

 7807

Total

74784

70351

Sub-districts:

 District

 Sub-district

Cases

Recoveries

Garden Route

Bitou

592

547

Garden Route

Knysna

1400

1299

Garden Route

George

3417

3167

Garden Route

Hessequa

287

262

Garden Route

Kannaland

112

109

Garden Route

Mossel Bay

2220

2078

Garden Route

Oudsthoorn

1287

1022

Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch

2024

1906

Cape Winelands

Drakenstein

4259

4014

Cape Winelands

Breede Valley

3343

3138

Cape Winelands

Langeberg

1124

1059

Cape Winelands

Witzenberg

1569

1448

Overberg

Overstrand

1550

1477

Overberg

Cape Agulhas

275

258

Overberg

Swellendam

295

268

Overberg

Theewaterskloof

1156

1091

West Coast

Bergrivier

416

386

West Coast

Cederberg

162

152

West Coast 

Matzikama

374

302

West Coast

Saldanha Bay Municipality

1355

1282

West Coast

Swartland

1539

1411

Central Karoo

Beaufort West

564

464

Central Karoo

Laingsburg

135

114

Central Karoo

Prince Albert

24

18

Unallocated: 2437 (2263 recovered)

Data note: It is not always possible to check and verify that the address data supplied for each new recorded case is correct, within the time frames required to provide regular and timely updates. This means that in some instances, cases could be allocated to the wrong sub-districts. We are working with the sub-districts to clean and verify the data and where errors are picked up locally, cases will be re-allocated to the correct areas. 

More data is available here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-dashboard

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 18 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 4009. We send our condolences to their family and friends at this time.

Khayelitsha business visit:

In recent weeks, I have been conducting visits to local businesses to talk to them about their experiences throughout the lockdown, and the safety measures that they have put in place so that they can open safely.

This afternoon, I was in Khayelitsha where I visited Rands Cape Town- a chisa nyama and entertainment venue which, when operating at full capacity, is able to employ over 100 people. Due to the restrictions and curfew, they have had to scale back on their operations and have unfortunately had to let some of their staff go. I heard how many of the people employed at Rands were from the local community, and the negative impact that the job losses had for some of them.

The venue has put in place a number of safety measures including regular sanitizing and decontamination of the whole venue, social distancing markers and sanitizers available at the entrances and on all the tables.

From there, I headed to Siki's Koffee Kafe. This small coffee shop was started by Siki Dibela in his mother's garage, after having worked as a barista in a coffee chain for a number of years. This entrepreneur had managed to build and grow his business, but the lockdown had a significant impact on him.

The hard lockdown has had a significant impact on businesses both big and small across the province in all industries. Even though many businesses are able to reopen, and are doing so safely, they are still experiencing hardships as a result of ongoing regulations, which continues to threaten jobs and the livelihoods of residents.

The Western Cape Government has lobbied for the reopening of various sectors under previous alert levels, and we will continue to lobby for the further, safe, reopening of our economy to protect jobs. We will be using the conversations we have had with businesses and sectors across the province to determine how best we can assist them as we focus now on our provincial recovery plan.

Western Cape data dashboard shortlisted for technical innovation award:

The data dashboard, developed by a team in the Department of Health, has been shortlisted in the New Generation social and digital media awards, in the category "Best use of technical innovation". This is the only government department to be shortlisted across any of the award categories, and our dashboard finds itself in good company amid work from some of South Africa's largest brands and companies.

The dashboard was built so that the Western Cape Government could share reliable data with members of the public, that they could use to keep themselves informed throughout the pandemic. It allows anyone to see data and statistics for the province at a glance.  It is updated daily, showing the number of cases, and recoveries per sub-district, as well as the number of tests conducted and the total number of deaths recorded. 

The dashboard has also recently been updated with additional features which allow residents to see the number of active cases by sub-district, recovered cases by sub-district, recoveries per 100 000 and total cases by sub-district.

Since its launch at the end of April, the dashboard has had over 1.3 million unique visitors which demonstrates its value and usefulness to the residents of the Western Cape.

As a government, our response to COVID-19 has been evidence driven and data led, and the dashboard is example of how we have used innovation and big data to make information accessible to the public. We send our congratulations to the team involved, and wish them well for the winners' announcements, which will be made later this month.

Foetal alcohol syndrome:

Today, we observe World Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day, which aims to raise awareness of this disorder, and Health Minister, Nomafrench Mbombo held an activation in Gugulethu today, where she shared information around the dangers of alcohol.  

Foetal alcohol syndrome results in permanent brain and organ damage in babies born of mothers who drank alcohol while pregnant. It can result in a number of learning and health problems including premature birth, low birth weight, a lower IQ and other learning difficulties, behaviour issues, damage to organs including the brain, heart, eyes and ears, as well as changes to the child's facial features.

This is one of the many alcohol harms that South Africa faces- but it is entirely avoidable. Women who are pregnant or who are trying to fall pregnant should not drink alcohol at all. 

The Department of Social Development in the Western Cape has allocated R2.1 million to fund organisations such as the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research, and FASFacts, who work to educate the public on the risks of drinking while pregnant. The Department also works to equip ECD practitioners with the skills to support children with FASD and create awareness in communities.

The Department also funds a number of substance abuse programmes. If you need support to stop drinking, you can phone the DSD's toll free number on 0800 220 250.

If you are pregnant and have been drinking alcohol, stop immediately to avoid further harm to your baby. You can also speak to a healthcare worker at your nearest clinic to have your child assessed for FASD.

The Western Cape Government is working on a number of smart interventions across government departments to reduce the harmful impacts of alcohol abuse and misuse in our society. 

Issued by Western Cape Office of the Premier, 9 September 2020