WESTERN CAPE NEWS - According to a statement by premier Alan Winde, as of 13:00 on 18 December, the Western Cape has 27 944 active Covid-19 infections with a total of 165 216 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 131 921 recoveries.
- Total confirmed Covid-19 cases - 165 217
- Total recoveries - 131 924
- Total deaths - 5352
- Total active cases (currently infected patients) - 27 944
- Tests conducted - 930 938
- Hospitalisations - 2196 with 303of these in ICU or high care
Garden Route district
- Bitou - 1994 cases, 1532 recoveries
- George - 8935 cases, 6931 recoveries
- Hessequa - 774 cases, 603 recoveries
- Kannaland - 356 cases, 221 recoveries
- Knysna - 3739 cases, 2974 recoveries
- Mossel Bay - 4994 cases, 3909 recoveries
- Oudtshoorn - 2509 cases, 1936 recoveries
The Western Cape has recorded additional 60 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 5352. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.
Additional data is available on the Western Cape Covid-19 data dashboard which also features additional data including active cases per sub-district, active cases per 100 000 and 7-day moving averages. Access the data dashboard here.
Message to healthcare workers
For most, 2020 has been a difficult year as a result of Covid-19 and the impact of the lockdown. Throughout this year, the healthcare workers of this province have been on the frontline, fighting to save lives, and caring for those who need it.
And while many residents will now be winding down for the festive season, our doctors, nurses, all of our other healthcare workers and hospital staff will continue providing care to those who need it.
These dedicated and selfless men and women have worked long hours, at great risk to themselves. We owe them all a debt of gratitude but most of all, we owe it to them all to flatten the curve. Over the past few weeks, we have seen hospital numbers climbing as a result of a resurgence of infections, putting addtional pressure on our hospital system and our frontline workers.
By protecting ourselves and our loved ones, we can also help protect our healthcare workers.
I therefore reiterate my call for everyone to take precautions- to wear our masks, wash our hands, practice social distancing and to avoid crowded places, confined spaces and close contact.
Excessive and abusive use of alcohol will also increase pressure on our healthcare facilities so I appeal to all residents to drink responsibly, and not to drink and drive.
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