NEWS & ANALYSIS

Always wear your mask when in public – Alan Winde

WCape Premier says hotspot teams report that some residents only put on masks only when instructed to do so (with figures)

Media Release: Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde

28 July 2020

As of 1pm on 28 July, the Western Cape has 11 876 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 91 659 confirmed cases and 76 835 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

91 659

Total recoveries

76 835

Total deaths

2948

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

11 876

Tests conducted

404 635

Hospitalisations

1454 with 272 in ICU or high care

Cape Metro Sub-districts:

 Sub-district

Cases

 

Recoveries

Western

7721

 

6588

Southern

8003

 

6832

Northern

5314

 

4640

Tygerberg

11295

 

9798

Eastern

8248

 

7189

Klipfontein

8109

 

7024

Mitchells Plain

7209

 

6160

Khayelitsha

7666

 

6909

Total

63 565

 

55 140

Sub-districts:

 District

 Sub-district

Cases

Recoveries

Garden Route

Bitou

372

222

Garden Route

Knysna

921

549

Garden Route

George

2382

1582

Garden Route

Hessequa

139

72

Garden Route

Kannaland

49

41

Garden Route

Mossel Bay

1205

698

Garden Route

Oudsthoorn

429

248

Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch

1732

1477

Cape Winelands

Drakenstein

3756

3240

Cape Winelands

Breede Valley

2665

2247

Cape Winelands

Langeberg

935

761

Cape Winelands

Witzenberg

1234

939

Overberg

Overstrand

1315

1122

Overberg

Cape Agulhas

180

127

Overberg

Swellendam

238

177

Overberg

Theewaterskloof

935

759

West Coast

Bergrivier

342

250

West Coast

Cederberg

109

66

West Coast 

Matzikama

212

134

West Coast

Saldanha Bay Municipality

1130

925

West Coast

Swartland

1107

855

Central Karoo

Beaufort West

229

94

Central Karoo

Laingsburg

21

13

Central Karoo

Prince Albert

2

1

Unallocated: 6455 (5096 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 51 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 2948. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.  

Always wear a cloth mask when in public – the virus can spread anywhere

I want to extend a big thank you to all those residents who are correctly wearing a cloth mask whenever in public. I know this is not a normal thing to do, but it is an  important way to prevent the virus from spreading, and from getting infected.

We have however received feedback from our hotspot teams that some residents only put on their cloth masks when instructed to do so on entering a building such as a shopping mall. It’s very important to remember that you must wear your mask whenever in public, and around other people around  - including when this is an outside area. I know wearing a mask can be uncomfortable, but it makes a big difference in slowing the spread of Covid-19.

It is important to remember that the virus can spread in any setting, and a mask is an effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones.

The mask must also always be worn in conjunction with the other golden rules. Please remember to:

Keep a distance between yourself and others (at least 1.5m) and avoid gatherings

Wash your hands regularly with soap, or use hand sanitizer

Clean surfaces in your home and business often

Cough and sneeze into a tissue or the corner of your arm

If we all act in this way we can slow the spread of the virus, protect our loved ones, and save lives.

The Western Cape Government’s ‘One Home, One Garden’ Campaign

Today the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, announced that the province had a total of 1371 food gardens, established over the past two months as part of the ‘One Home, One Garden’ Campaign.

Last week alone, 433 gardens were established in the Cape Metro, with 123 of these gardens in Gugulethu. Other areas include: Riversdale, Groot Brak, Thembalethu, Nduli, Bella Vista and DuNoon, amongst others.

The Hard Lockdown and other restrictions have caused a second unemployment pandemic, and a severe humanitarian crisis. Many of our residents are battling to put food on the table and support their families. Initiatives such as this, which form part of our Covid-19 response, are key interventions that will help make a difference in our most vulnerable communities.

Minister Meyer said: “Through our food security and humanitarian response, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture supports access to affordable and diverse food. By encouraging communities and households to establish food gardens, we are shifting the focus from food relief to food security.”

For Minister Meyer’s full statement, click here http://www.elsenburg.com/news/one-home-one-garden-food-relief-food-security

Issued by Western Cape Office of the Premier, 28 July 2020