As of July 15, the Western Cape has 14 470 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 80 656 confirmed cases and 63 731 recoveries.

The province also recorded an additional 39 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 2455.

A total of 360 135 tests have been conducted with 1 645 hospitalisations, of which 311 are in ICU or high care.

The breakdown is as follows:

Western Cape active cases of COVID-19 has decreased to 14 470

Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

Western Cape active cases of COVID-19 has decreased to 14 470

More data is available by clicking here.

Tracking and tracing:

The Western Cape Government has worked hard to bolster its tracking and tracing systems, in an effort to contact every person who tests positive.

Tracking and tracing efforts include:

  • Tracing teams in each sub-district
  • Community healthcare workers in communities
  • The Track and Trace electronic platform, linked to the NICD and NHLS which allows us to easily communicate with people who have signed up on the platform. This is an opt-in service.
  • Call centre has been brought on board who are able to make approximately 1000 calls per day for cases and their contacts.

One of the stumbling blocks health officials have with tracking and tracing is that people either supply the wrong telephone number, or they cannot be reached when health officials try to contact them. It is imperative that if you do present to one of our healthcare facilities for a test, that you provide officials with an accurate and correct telephone number and address.

Providing the correct contact details allow those in charge of tracking and tracing to alert you should you be positive and give you the correct advice regarding self-isolation, medical care and link you with quarantine and isolation facilities.

Mask wearing:

President Ramahosa indicated on Sunday, July 12 that regulations on wearing a mask are now much stricter, and access to public places will not be allowed without one. Every one of us should wear a mask whenever they leave home.

The correct use of masks is important. Cloth masks must be clean when worn and they must cover both the nose and the mouth to ensure that spreading of respiratory droplets is reduced. Don’t touch the mask while you are wearing it, and only ever put it on and take it off by the straps or strings. Wash your hands before and after putting your mask on and ensure that you wash it in warm, soapy water after wearing. It is advisable for each person to have two masks – one to wash and one to wear.

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