The Western Cape Government has announced as of today [May 16] that the province has 5263 active cases of COVID-19. The total of confirmed cases is 8507. The total recoveries for the Western Cape is 3097.

Additionally, the Western Cape has sadly recorded a further 10 COVID-19 deaths. The total death toll for the province is 147.

In a statement, Premier Alan Winde explained: “Today’s statistics show a considerable jump in new infections over the past 24 hours. There are a number of reasons for this large jump: as we have indicated before, the curve of the virus is moving faster in the Western Cape as a result of entrenched community transmission in some of the Western Cape’s hotspot areas.

“The Western Cape has also seen a considerable increase in the number of tests conducted in the past 24 hours (6150 additional tests), and backlogs in the processing of tests at the National Health Laboratory Services result in batches of results being released simultaneously.”

The breakdown of cases is as follows:


Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

Total recoveries 3097
Total deaths 147
Total active cases (currently infected patients) 5263
Total number of tests 86250
Hospital admissions 360 of which 108 are in ICU or high care

Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Western 945 464
Southern 856 300
Northern 558 183
Tygerberg 1340 495
Eastern 840 312
Klipfontein 1020 352
Mitchells Plain 784 268
Khayelitsha 1113 398
Total 7456 2772

Sub Districts Non-Metro 

District Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Garden Route Bitou 5 5
Garden Route Knysna 22 14
Garden Route George 19 15
Garden Route Hessequa 8 6
Garden Route Mossel Bay 22 18
Gaden Route Oudtshoorn 4 3
Cape Winelands Stellenbosch 54 20
Cape Winelands Drakenstein 95 24
Cape Winelands Breede Valley 44 28
Cape Winelands Langeberg 7 3
Cape Winelands Witzenberg 195 139
Overberg Overstrand 19 14
Overberg Cape Agulhas 2 0
Overberg Swellendam 9 1
Overberg Theewaterskloof 15 2
West Coast Bergrivier 16 1
West Coast Cederberg 1 1
West Coast Matzikama 2 0
West Coast Saldanha Bay Municipality 12 2
West Coast Swartland 26 9


Image: Western Cape Government
Image: Western Cape Government

Unallocated: 474 (21 recovered)

Cases previously assigned to Witzenberg (1 case) and Mossel Bay (1 case) have been reallocated to other sub-districts due to updates in address data.

In a statement released by the Western Cape Government, Alan Winde said he had attended a virtual meeting with the President’s Coordinating Council.

 “Today, I attended a virtual meeting of the President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Coordinating Council. This meeting comprises Ministers, the Premiers of all nine provinces, as well as representatives from the South African Local Government Association.

“The focus of the discussion was around the response to COVID-19 across the provinces, and the move towards alert level 3 of the lockdown. We received a number of presentations including one from the National Department of Health.

“The Western Cape presented its hotspot strategy to the group, as the provincial response to the number of infections in nine geographical areas. These areas, in each of the City of Cape Town’s eight sub-districts, and in Witzenberg account for a large proportion of the Western Cape’s infections. Using the data and evidence available to us, we will be able to specifically target these areas with responses from across government departments.

“All of the information presented will  be taken into the National Command Council Meeting to be held tomorrow, where further deliberations will take place.”

For more information on COVID-19, visit the Western Cape Government website here. 

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Article written by

Imogen Searra