As of 1pm on 18 May, the Western Cape has 6031 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 9927 confirmed cases and 3731 recoveries.

The Western Cape has recorded an additional eight COVID-19 deaths – bringing the total number of deaths from the virus in the province to 165. With confirmed cases quickly increasing, the Western Cape could soon reach 10 000 cases.

A total of 94275 tests have been conducted with 424 hospital admissions being recorded with 111 of them being ICU or high care patients.

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Today the Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Bonginkosi Madikizela, launched the Red Dot Service. This forms part of our targeted hotspot response strategy for the COVID-19 pandemic in the Western Cape. This partnership between the Western Cape Government and the minibus taxi industry will deliver critical transport services needed during this challenging time.

This Red Dot service (which refers to the sticker on the bus) will provide a chartered transport service for those Department of Health employees who need to travel for work between 7pm and 5am. This is difficult outside of these hours because of limitation of transport under Alert Level 4 restrictions.

“From 1 June, the service will also transport citizens who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are at high-risk of having been exposed to the virus to public isolation and quarantine centres in the Western Cape. The fleet will initially comprise 100 minibuses and will follow strict safety and hygiene protocols, including the rigorous cleaning and sanitization of vehicles after every trip. We are extremely thankful to SANTACO Western Cape for supporting,” said Western Cape Premier Alan Winde

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