NEWS & ANALYSIS

765 people now hospitalised with Covid19 – Alan Winde

WCape Premier worried about the climb in hospitalisations, ICU admissions

Media Release: Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde

19 November 2020

As of 1pm on 19 November, the Western Cape has 4901 active Covid-19 infections with a total of 122 322 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 112 920 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

122 322

Total recoveries

112 920

Total deaths

4501

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

4901

Tests conducted

730 133

Hospitalisations

765 of which 157 are in ICU or high care

Cape Metro Sub-districts:

Sub-district

Cases

Recoveries

Western

11 436

10 561

Southern

11 030

10194

Northern

7424

6959

Tygerberg

14061

13254

Eastern

11 688

10 882

Klipfontein

9880

9141

Mitchells Plain

9416

8849

Khayelitsha

8686

8155

Total

83 621

77 995

Sub-districts:

 District

 Sub-district

Cases

Recoveries

Garden Route

Bitou

982

722

Garden Route

Knysna

2010

1632

Garden Route

George

4860

3970

Garden Route

Hessequa

425

372

Garden Route

Kannaland

151

145

Garden Route

Mossel Bay

2883

2535

Garden Route

Oudsthoorn

1696

1517

Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch

2336

2173

Cape Winelands

Drakenstein

4680

4428

Cape Winelands

Breede Valley

3649

3457

Cape Winelands

Langeberg

1241

1159

Cape Winelands

Witzenberg

1725

1623

Overberg

Overstrand

1833

1730

Overberg

Cape Agulhas

363

338

Overberg

Swellendam

381

363

Overberg

Theewaterskloof

1294

1213

West Coast

Bergrivier

539

504

West Coast

Cederberg

188

177

West Coast 

Matzikama

800

716

West Coast

Saldanha Bay Municipality

1543

1466

West Coast

Swartland

1797

1677

Central Karoo

Beaufort West

885

811

Central Karoo

Laingsburg

144

136

Central Karoo

Prince Albert

39

36

Unallocated: 2257 (2025 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 15 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 4486 . We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time. 

Garden Route hotspot update and being safe this festive season: 

Earlier today, I held my weekly digicon where we outlined the work that we are doing on the Garden Route to manage COVID-19, which has spiked considerably in the region in recent weeks. 

Over the past four weeks, we have noted a consistent increase in the number of cases of Covid19 on the Garden Route. We have also started to see hospital admissions begin to increase, with deaths now starting to show early signs of an increase in the Garden Route. 

Cases have increased especially in George, Knysna, Thembalethu, Plettenberg Bay, Pacaltsdorp and Mossel Bay. 

As of yesterday, active cases per 100 000 people stood at: 

Hessequa-43 

Mossel Bay -229 

George-319 

Knysna-Bitou-347/282 

Oudtshoorn-60 

There are currently 159 people hospitalised in the region in both private and public care, and 26 in critical care. 

These include: 

-Hessequa:3 

-Mossel Bay: 30 with 4 in critical care 

-George: 75 with 16 in critical care 

-Knysna/Bitou: 34 

-Oudtshoorn: 17 and 2 in critical care 

Our teams in the Garden Route are working hard to manage the outbreak, through community screening, increased testing, contact tracing and communications campaigns. We need residents to support these efforts by taking simple safety precautions. 

I am also deeply concerned that over 760 people in the province are now hospitalised with Covid19, having reached a low of under 500 in September.  

Last month, I asked the people of this province to commit to a deal: the provincial government will continue to work hard on our recovery plan and to win back those jobs that have been lost. In return, we ask only that our citizens stay safe and flatten the curve. 

The Western Cape Department of Health questionnaire asks people who have tested positive for the virus where they think they got it from in a bid to track trends and clusters. 77% did not know where they had got it from, but of the 23% who did, the majority (42%) said they had contracted it at a social event or from a friend, and 35% said at home or from a family member. 

This points to the fact that social gatherings are the most likely cause of infection. With the festive season approaching, we must ensure that we make the safe choices that will protect ourselves and our families. 

We know that over the next few weeks, people will be moving around more- traveling across the province and between provinces for the festive season, holding end of year parties, spending time with family over Christmas, and celebrating the New Year. We will also be closely monitoring events like Matric Rage, which is traditionally held on the Garden Route, and which is a major drawcard for thousands of matrics looking to celebrate the end of their school career.  

The Garden Route hotspot team and the Department of Health will be looking to ensure that events are compliant with regulations and safety protocols. 

While the Garden Route is a provincial hotspot right now, we are seeing small increases in cases in other areas across the province as well and we should all be taking precautions. 

In the next week, we will also see a number of Black Friday sales, which have the potential to attract large crowds or become a super-spreader event unless carefully handled and managed. We know that many residents face extreme economic pressure at the moment, and the prospect of large savings is compelling. We also know that many retailers and businesses have had a tough year and will be looking to maximise their sales. 

 We therefore call on retailers to put in place measures that assist in managing crowds- either by extending the number of days that the discounts are available and trading hours, and by conducting sales online. Shoppers are requested to wear their masks, sanitise their hands and keep their distance to minimise their risk of contracting Covid-19. 

Over the next few days, the Department of Economic Development will be meeting with major retailers, and the property management companies for the major shopping centres,  

 to discuss risk management strategies, as well as the consequences of non-compliance of the Covid-19 safety measures. 

We appeal to residents to take precautions to keep safe by simply complying with the five golden rules of hygiene, and avoiding the 3 Cs: crowded places, confined spaces and close contact. We also appeal to businesses to comply with the regulations, and to ensure that they have systems in place to protect their staff and their customers. 

Until a vaccine is widely available, we must act responsibly so that we can protect the vulnerable, stay safe and move forward. 

Issued by Western Cape Office of the Premier, 19 November 2020