As of Monday July 13, the Western Cape has 16 689 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 78 548 confirmed cases and 59 492 recoveries.

The province also recorded an additional 24 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 2367.

“We send our condolences to their family and friends at this time,” Premier Alan Winde said in a statement.

A total of 353 823 tests have been conducted with 1628 hospitalisations, of which 289 are in ICU or high care.

The breakdown is as follows:

Western Cape now has 16 689 active cases of COVID-19
Western Cape now has 16 689 active cases of COVID-19


Western Cape now has 16 689 active cases of COVID-19
Western Cape now has 16 689 active cases of COVID-19

Unallocated: 6594 (4098 recovered).

More data is available by clicking here.

On Saturday, July 18, South Africa will mark President Nelson Mandela’s birthday and Mandela Day.

Traditionally, the day is celebrated by giving 67 minutes of your time in service of others. This year, it may be more difficult to spend time in care facilities, hospitals and homes because of the need to protect the vulnerable and to practice social distancing.

“However, this does not mean that we as a nation cannot work together in acts of kindness and of solidarity,” said Winde.

To celebrate this special occasion, Winde appealed to residents who are able to, to donate a mask or more in the ’67 Masks for Madiba campaign’.

Over the next week, City officials will be collecting new and unused masks for both children and adults to ensure that they are able to get masks to as many of Capetonians as possible to help keep them and their loved ones protected, and to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Here’s how:

-If you can sew and make your own masks, you are encouraged to get creative. Guidelines on what materials to use, and how many layers the mask should be, can be found by clicking here.

-Support local, small businesses in your community making masks, and purchase to donate. Purchased masks can be dropped off in the boxes on the ground floor at 9 Dorp street between 7am and 6pm daily.

-Visit Maskathon where you can pledge masks, or make cash donations. Monetary donations will be made to one of two partner organisations, the Craft and Design Institute and the Health Foundation. These funds will be allocated to community-based manufacturers from vulnerable communities, creating an income stream for them. Physical masks pledged through this page can be delivered to the Craft and Design Institute at the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront.

-Those wishing to make large donations can either pledge through the Maskathon link above, or can email [email protected] with details of their donation.

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