The Western Cape has 10 532 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 93 413 confirmed cases and 79 841 recoveries, announced Premier Alan Winde in a statement on Friday [July 31].
There have been an additional 31 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 3040.
To date, 414 304 tests have been conducted and 1433 people have been hospitalised with 281 in ICU or high care.
The breakdown is as follows:
Safety in the “new normal”:
Premier Alan Winde thanks residents for doing their part in helping to manage the spread of coronavirus in the province.
“The Western Cape has started to see a stabilisation in the number of COVID-19 infections, hospitalisations and deaths in certain parts of the province. I would like to thank all of our residents who have played their part in making this happen by staying at home as much as possible, wearing their masks and practicing social distancing when they go out, and keeping up with hygiene protocols like hand washing, keeping surfaces clean and coughing and sneezing into an arm or an elbow,” he said.
“These are small things that we can all do, which have a collective impact. We must continue these behaviours, especially now that the numbers have started to stabilise in order to ensure that we don’t see second waves of infections forming. ”
“We expect that the new tourism regulations will be gazetted in the next few days, which will allow intra-provincial tourism accommodation establishments to begin operating. The tourism sector is one of the biggest job creators in the Western Cape, especially in our small towns and rural areas and we are pleased that these establishments will be able to allowed to open for business,” continues Winde.
“We still intend to engage with the national government on ways that we can support other businesses in the province that are being negatively impacted by the alert level 3 regulations.”
Winde thanks residents already planning and booking trips to support local businesses who will soon reopen, and urges everyone to travel responsibly and continue exercising all precautions while on holiday.