As of 1pm on 30 September, the Western Cape has 2232 active COVID-19 infections with a total of 110 027 confirmed cases and 103 612 recoveries.
Total confirmed COVID-19 cases 110 026
Total recoveries 103 612
Total deaths 4182
Total active cases (currently infected patients) 2232
Tests conducted 532 803
Hospitalisations 476 with 110 in ICU or high care
Cape Metro Sub-districts:
Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Western 9629 9111
Southern 9893 9270
Northern 6815 6499
Tygerberg 13537 12825
Eastern 10377 9776
Klipfontein 9282 8633
Mitchells Plain 8719 8225
Khayelitsha 8395 7928
Total 76647 72267
District Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Garden Route Bitou 626 593
Garden Route Knysna 1535 1427
Garden Route George 3584 3359
Garden Route Hessequa 324 298
Garden Route Kannaland 115 109
Garden Route Mossel Bay 2368 2260
Garden Route Oudsthoorn 1443 1279
Cape Winelands Stellenbosch 2105 1978
Cape Winelands Drakenstein 4389 4162
Cape Winelands Breede Valley 3471 3300
Cape Winelands Langeberg 1155 1093
Cape Winelands Witzenberg 1620 1530
Overberg Overstrand 1625 1560
Overberg Cape Agulhas 288 273
Overberg Swellendam 348 322
Overberg Theewaterskloof 1193 1127
West Coast Bergrivier 445 408
West Coast Cederberg 167 160
West Coast Matzikama 514 427
West Coast Saldanha Bay Municipality 1379 1320
West Coast Swartland 1613 1511
Central Karoo Beaufort West 741 604
Central Karoo Laingsburg 140 130
Central Karoo Prince Albert 33 28
Unallocated: 2159 (2087 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 an additional 8 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 4182. We send our condolences to their families and friends at this time.
Monitoring test positivity rates:
We continue to record positive signs of recovery in the Western Cape. Our hospitalisation numbers have declined significantly and now sit at under 500. In most regions in the Western Cape, the test positivity rate currently stands at an average of below 10%. This is the percentage of all tests conducted which return a positive result and we have seen this steadily decrease over time.
There are however a few sub-districts which are recording test positivity rates higher than the provincial average and which require that residents pay special attention to infection prevention measures to help slow the spread.
These areas include Oudtshoorn, Knysna and areas in the Central Karoo, including Beaufort West, Laingsburg and Prince Albert. This is likely because different areas of the province have experienced different curves, and in the case of the Central Karoo, recorded their first infections much later than the metro.
The actual number of infections in the Central Karoo remains low- with the three sub-districts of Beaufort West, Laingsburg and Prince Albert only registering a combined total of 914 positive cases to date and we must all work together to ensure that these numbers remain low. By taking steps to change our behaviour now, we can help ensure that the test positivity rate in all of these areas starts to drop in line with the provincial average.
This week, my community liaison team, #TeamPremier are on the ground in Beaufort West where they are distributing masks, and sharing information with residents and businesses to remind them to observe the golden rules of infection prevention and encouraging them to safely support local businesses.
Western Cape Health Minister, Nomafrench Mbombo was also in the Central Karoo region today, where she held community events to encourage behaviour change in Murraysburg and in Beaufort West.
Wherever you are in the province, there are a few simple things which we can all do to ensure that we are continuing to slow the spread of COVID-19. These must become part of our everyday lives and routines and include:
• Wearing a mask whenever you are out in public. The mask must be worn correctly, covering your nose and mouth, and you must clean your hands before and after putting it on or taking it off.
• Practicing social distancing by keeping a space of at least 1.5 metres between you and any other person when in public spaces like at the supermarket, in malls and taxi ranks, or while queuing at the bank, or while accessing government services like social grants, motor vehicle licenses, Home Affairs or SARS.
• Keeping your hands clean by thoroughly washing or sanitising them regularly and ensuring that you keep high-traffic surfaces throughout your home or workspace clean. You should also avoid touching your face, and ensure that if you must cough or sneeze, that you do so into a tissue or into the crook of your arm.
Source: Government of South Africa