Thirty-five more Western Cape residents have died as a result of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, provincial government said on Sunday, August 2. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 3 105.
“We send our condolences to their family and friends at this time,” Western Cape government said.
More data is available here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-dashboard
Western Cape budget adjustment process enables pandemic response:
“On Friday, the Western Cape provincial parliament approved the 2020 budget adjustment, tabled by Finance and Economic Opportunities Minister, David Maynier. This R3.05 billion budget is the first step in financing our spending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the province, and the associated impact that the lockdown has had on residents and businesses,” Cape government said. “Over the past week, we have delivered the budget speeches for our respective departments, detailing the massive amount of work that has been done in just a short space of time in order to respond effectively and appropriately to the COVID-19 pandemic. This response has been a whole of government response, with every single department contributing. Some of our departments also underwent significant budget cuts, surrendering funds to help this province finance the expenditure required.”
Department of the Premier:
“The Department of the Premier provides administrative support across the Western Cape Government, and has, over the course of our response, provided strategic leadership to inform our decision making and response,” Premier Alan Winde said.
The Department has financed a major educational communications campaign, which has reached millions across the province using radio, print, social media, posters, flyers, loud hailing and taxi decals to give residents the information they need to keep themselves and their families safe, and to effect long-term behaviour change.
“The Department also allocated over R11-million to upgrade the provincial call centre to cope with the huge demand for humanitarian relief during the lockdown period. During this time, the call centre received an average of 10 000 calls per day. The call centre is now also assisting in our tracking and tracing efforts.”