In some positive news, it has been confirmed that 50 people who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 in the City of Cape Town have fully recovered from their symptoms.
According to Western Cape Premier Alan Winde, all of them have completed their 14-day period of self-isolation and are allowed to leave isolation. They are now in the same scenario as all other members of the public, in that they are required to obey the lockdown laws, but can leave their homes for necessities such as medical care, food, cash and to collect grants.
Those in law enforcement, healthcare, food related services and other essential services put their health at risk every day to deliver much needed services to the general public. To show appreciation and support during the lockdown period, President Cyril Ramaphosa encourages everyone to hang the national flag or a piece of cloth of a colour of their choosing from doors and/or windows. Those who participate are encouraged to post a picture of their flag on social media, using the hashtag #ThankYouWC and #StopTheSpread
Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, said, “During the lockdown, we are dependent on the work of those involved in healthcare, law enforcement, farmers and farm workers, to name a few. In a commitment to staying at home and acknowledging the critically important work of those on the frontline, I call on all residents to hang the flag or a piece of colourful cloth from your doors and/or windows during the lockdown.”
As of March 31, the Western Cape has recorded 348 cases of COVID-19 across the province.
Sub-district breakdown (Cape Town metro):
– Western: 118
– Southern: 104
– Northern: 17
– Tygerberg: 23
– Eastern: 14
– Klipfontein: 7
– Mitchells Plain: 5
– Khayelitsha: 1
Sub-district breakdown (Non-metro):
– Garden Route Bitou: 4
– Garden Route Knysna: 6
– Garden Route George: 8
– Garden Route Hessequa: 3
– Garden Route Mossel Bay: 5
– Cape Winelands Stellenbosch: 11
– Cape Winelands Drakenstein: 6
– Cape Winelands Breede Valley: 4
– Cape Winelands Langeberg: 1
– Overberg Overstrand: 5
– Overberg Theewaterskloof: 1
– West Coast Saldanha Bay: 1
– West Coast Swartland: 1
– Not allocated by address: 3
There are currently 13 people in hospital in the Western Cape, with three patients being treated in ICU.