NEWS & ANALYSIS

Hospitalisations up to 798 in WCape – Alan Winde

Premier says an additional four deaths recorded in province

Media Release: Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde

20 November 2020

As of 1pm on 20 November, the Western Cape has 5232 active Covid-19 infections with a total of 122 974 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 113 237 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

122 974

Total recoveries

113 237

Total deaths

4505

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

5232

Tests conducted

734 495

Hospitalisations

798 of which 156 are in ICU or high care

Cape Metro Sub-districts:

Sub-district

Cases

Recoveries

Western

11 738

10 907

Southern

11 094

10222

Northern

7461

6973

Tygerberg

14124

13284

Eastern

11 738

10 907

Klipfontein

9911

9148

Mitchells Plain

9438

8863

Khayelitsha

8720

8162

Total

84010

78169

Sub-districts:

 District

 Sub-district

Cases

Recoveries

Garden Route

Bitou

1010

738

Garden Route

Knysna

2049

1651

Garden Route

George

4986

4009

Garden Route

Hessequa

429

379

Garden Route

Kannaland

150

145

Garden Route

Mossel Bay

2942

2548

Garden Route

Oudsthoorn

1711

1521

Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch

2339

2173

Cape Winelands

Drakenstein

4682

4439

Cape Winelands

Breede Valley

3655

3460

Cape Winelands

Langeberg

1250

1161

Cape Winelands

Witzenberg

1729

1626

Overberg

Overstrand

1835

1738

Overberg

Cape Agulhas

363

338

Overberg

Swellendam

382

365

Overberg

Theewaterskloof

1301

1214

West Coast

Bergrivier

540

506

West Coast

Cederberg

188

178

West Coast 

Matzikama

810

719

West Coast

Saldanha Bay Municipality

1552

1469

West Coast

Swartland

1802

1683

Central Karoo

Beaufort West

887

814

Central Karoo

Laingsburg

144

136

Central Karoo

Prince Albert

39

36

Unallocated: 2189 (2022 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.  

The Western Cape has recorded additional 4 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 4505 . We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time. 

International Children's Day:

Today, we mark World Children's Day- a global day aimed at promoting the rights of children and addressing issues that impact their welfare. 

We observe this day at a time when children's lives are being severely impacted by the pandemic, and the economic crisis being experienced in countries around the globe. This year, millions of children around the world, and here at home in the Western Cape, have had their learning disrupted, many may have experienced the death of a loved one, and many more are experiencing the impact of poverty and hunger.

As the Western Cape Government, we committed to feeding children during the lockdown, even when other provinces would not and through our dignity and wellbeing work are working to ensure that food aid is being directed where it is needed most.

We also know that the many changes and pressures children have faced this year, can have a significant psychological impact on children. 

At school, they’ve had to adapt to new safety protocols and long periods at home, which is very difficult and disruptive. But learners need to know that they are not alone.

Education districts have specialised mental health support available and follow the WCED psycho-social support pathway, which enables schools to access various levels of support for learners. Psychologists and social workers also run preventative programmes for schools. The Department has also built partnerships with the Department of Health and Social Development to access high level specialised support such as psychiatric assistance. 

Our Safe Schools programme can also refer learners who call into the hotline, for assistance. 

I therefore urge any learner who is struggling emotionally and needs psycho-social support to alert their teachers, or to contact the toll-free Safe Schools hotline (0800 45 46 47) if they do not feel comfortable speaking to a school staff member.

Our recovery plan has also committed to prioritising early childhood development centres, with a vision that any person can access early childhood development should they so decide.

Over R345 million has been budgeted for the current financial year by the Department of Social Development, towards Early Childhood Development (ECD) and partial care. We believe that this will go a long way to helping children interact better with other children and adults and provide a safe learning space for children while their parents are at work. 

The latest statistics from the Department, indicate that the Western Cape has approximately 542 575 children aged 0 to 4 years. There are approximately 139 418 children in registered facilities, 14 000 children in out of centre programmes and 25 000 children in unregistered facilities. 

Western Cape Provincial Parliament Youth Dialogue:

Today, I also had the opportunity to address the young people of the province through the Western Cape Provincial Parliament's Virtual Youth Dialogue. The discussion centred around the work that we have done as a province in managing Covid-19.

During my speech, I highlighted the excellent work done by government officials across departments during the lockdown and the peak of infections, which ensured that we were able to respond effectively, and ensure that appropriate care was available to those who needed it.

This included building temporary hospitals, delivering medications to the homes of our chronic patients, and continuing to provide meals at schools, even when no other province was doing this.

I also spoke on our recovery plan- which focuses on jobs, safety and dignity and wellbeing. Economic recovery is crucial in order to create opportunities for young people in the province and across the country. 

Youth unemployment is unacceptably high in South Africa and this government will be working to create the enabling environment for job creation through promoting investment and removing red tape that stops entrepreneurs from starting their businesses. 

The Western Cape Safety Plan's violence prevention component has a number of programmes aimed at ensuring that we make this province safer for our children and our young people, while also instilling in them the values that will promote non-violence in the future.

We have a number of programmes which we are rolling out to improve dignity and well-being- among them our sanitary dignity project which has already delivered 2 million sanitary towels to about 200 schools in the first phase.

Finally, I asked young people to partner with us to help slow the spread of Covid-19 in the province. The youth have a nig role in making this province safer when it comes to Covid-19, but, increasingly we are seeing young people start to let their guards down.

The Western Cape is currently seeing an increase in cases along the Garden Route and earlier, saw the impact of a super-spreader event attended by young people in the Southern Suburbs. My message to young people is therefore to understand the responsibility you have within your communities and to take measures to stay safe and keep others safe. 

We must move forward so that we can build our economy and create a future for the young people of the Western Cape.

Issued by Western Cape Office of the Premier, 20 November 2020