WESTERN CAPE NEWS - As of 13:00 on 24 July, the Western Cape has 11 785 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 88 499 confirmed cases and 73 897 recoveries.
- Total confirmed Covid-19 cases - 88499
- Total recoveries - 73897
- Total deaths - 2817
- Total active cases (currently infected patients) - 11785
- Tests conducted - 392082
- Hospitalisations - 1481 with 282 in ICU or high care
Garden Route District:
- Bitou - 331 cases, 188 recoveries
- Knysna - 809 cases, 453 recoveries
- George - 2101 cases, 1389 recoveries
- Hessequa - 115 cases, 66 recoveries
- Kannaland - 46 cases, 29 recoveries
- Mossel Bay - 1035 cases. 582 recoveries
- Oudtshoorn - 355 cases, 202 recoveries
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 on the dashboard here.
The Western Cape has recorded an additional 29 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 2817. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.
The Western Cape Government is concerned that the school closures announced last night by President Cyril Ramaphosa will have a greater negative impact on children's safety than if they were to go to school.
We believe that the announcement is not based on scientific evidence and reasoning. As a province, we pride ourselves on having responded to the pandemic in a way that is both data-led and evidence driven.
We understand that for many parents, sending their children to school results in a lot of fear and anxiety. The Western Cape Government and our teachers have worked hard to ensure that those parents who do choose to keep their children at home are able to do so. But for many other parents, sending their children to school is the only option and the closure will impact these children the hardest.
Many parents who have returned to work will struggle to find safe spaces for children who are not at school over this period, putting them at risk of injury, accidents or abuse. At a time when the economy is under significant strain and we are facing an unemployment crisis, many of these parents cannot afford to stay at home for four weeks.
The closure may also impact children who rely on the meals they receive at school. While the Western Cape is the only province to have continued to feed learners throughout the lockdown period, and while schools were closed, we know that it is easier for children to access meals when they are attending schools daily. In the face of major food security threats across the country, these daily meals are essential for many children.
Additionally, daily stimulation and learning is necessary to ensure that our children do not fall behind. For many working parents, home schooling, and at home learning activities like reading, are not possible. Most impacted will be poor learners who don't have access to online learning materials and the internet to continue to learn during this time.
As Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier outlined in his adjustment budget yesterday, the Western Cape Department of Education has been allocated R310 million in funding to procure protective equipment and to sanitise schools. We have also seen schools across the province put in every effort to ensure that children are safe.
We can all help to slow the spread and ensure that we keep ourselves, and our loved ones safe by washing our hands, regularly cleaning down surfaces and high traffic areas in our homes and workplaces, correctly wearing a mask so that it covers both the nose and mouth, and social distancing whenever we leave home.
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