The Western Cape has 15 819 active cases of COVID-19 as of 1pm on June 30. The total number of confirmed cases is 62 157, with 44 514 recoveries.

The province has recorded an additional 49 deaths, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the province to 1 824. The total number of hospitalisations is 1 819 with 322 in ICU or high care.

The provincial breakdown of cases is as follow:

Donation from the Chinese Consul General:

The Western Cape received a donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Chinese consul General, Mr Lin Jing to bolster the province’s available stocks of PPE, ensuring that we have even more supply for the healthcare workers who are fighting COVID-19 on our frontlines. The donation consisted of:

– 30 000 surgical masks;

– 5000 N95 masks;

– 500 isolation gowns and​

– 500 face shields

In a statement, Premiere Alan Winde said: “We thank the Chinese Consulate, and the Chinese government for partnering with us in our fight against COVID-19 and for their ongoing relationship with the Western Cape.”

Masks for the elderly:

The Department of Social Development has donated 105 000 masks to various old aged homes in the province. The Department has so far been able to distribute a total of 120 000 masks to homes in the province.

The donations have supplemented the extra support given by the Department of Social Development to facilities, to assist in the fight against COVID-19.

“We thank the many generous donors who have made these donations to the Western Cape Government and the Department of Social Development, which has allowed us to provide additional protection to this high risk group,” said Premier Winde.

Fake news:

A number of new fake news messages are once again circulating on social media networks, which are designed to spread fear and confusion among members of the public and parents of children returning to school.

COVID-19 is a serious pandemic which should be treated as such. False information that creates panic or which is designed to take advantage of vulnerable citizens is irresponsible and does not help in the fight against this virus.  The Western Cape government reminds citizens that information coming from unknown or unnamed sources should be carefully checked and verified before sending it on.

Use official government channels such as the Western Cape and the South African Government websites and social media channels, and trusted news websites for information.

You can also report fake news by Whatsapping it to 067 966 4015.

More data is available here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-dashboard

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Article written by

Imogen Searra