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24 April 2020

Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde

23 April 2020

As of 17h00 on 22April, the Western Cape has recorded 1153 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection.

Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

Sub Districts Non-Metro:

Unallocated: 29

Data notes:

*Going forward, the data will be reported as at 17h00 on the previous day, rather than at midnight in order to allow more time to prepare the daily reports.

The Western Cape is saddened to announce another three deaths in the province- bringing the total number of deaths to 25-two women aged 62 and 63 respectively and a 41 year old man. We send our condolences to their family and loved ones at this time.

The deaths indicate that the elderly and people with co-morbid medical conditions (like hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and lung disease) are particularly at risk of severe Covid-19 disease. We call for special attention and precautions to protect the elderly and people with chronic diseases against exposure to Covid-19. It is also important to stress the need for healthy lifestyles and the annual flu vaccine. The flu vaccine doesn't prevent COVID-19 infection, but it can protect the vulnerable from contracting the flu and further compromising immunity.

The Western Cape Government is working hard to ensure that the health system is able to respond to the peak of this pandemic, and that the sick will receive the appropriate care. But in order to achieve this, we need to “flatten the curve” and this will require every single person in the Western Cape’s help.

We need to make sure that we continue to practice physical distancing and good hygiene at all times. If you are not feeling well, you must stay home, and call our hotline for advice on what to do next. And, we should all be wearing cloth masks (properly with good hygiene practices) whenever we go out into public.

President Ramaphosa’s address tonight:

President Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation tonight on the lockdown.

Whatever approach is adopted by the President going forward, one reality is clear: we are entering into a “new normal” in South Africa. The lockdown has given us precious time to prepare for the peak of the pandemic, but it has not stopped it.

There is a lot of hard work still needed from us all. Indeed, we all have an important role to play in flattening the curve, and I urge all our residents to keep up their hard work in helping us do so. We are all in this together.

I am so thankful for the determination shown by so many of our residents to date.

Community screening:

The Western Cape Government has now screened over 100 000 people through its community screening programme, with 123 683 people screened and 5230 tested since the programme was first rolled out at the beginning of April.

This has been an incredible effort and we thank all of those that have been involved so far.

Food response:

Today, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber, handed over 10 000 fruit parcels to be distributed by the Gift of the Givers, to families in need. We thank these farmers for giving back to their communities and helping to support efforts to feed those who are in need of nutritious food right now. I would also like to thank the Gift of the Givers and all of the other NGOs and individuals who have recognized the need in our society and responded.

Whether people are providing one person with one meal, or helping to feed thousands, these acts of kindness and generosity are appreciated.

Last published 24 April 2020