The Western Cape has 12 526 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 36 279 confirmed cases as of 1pm today [June 10].  The number of recoveries is now at 22 862.

Unfortunately, The Western Cape has recorded an additional 40 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 891.

“We send our condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased at this time,” said Premier Alan Winde.

A breakdown of the confirmed cases are as follows:

Unallocated: 3620 (1125 recovered)

More data, including updated suburb level data as at June 1, is available here.

Funerals between the Western and Eastern Cape

The Western Cape has drafted a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding travel for funerals and the transportation of bodies between the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape. The MoU has been submitted to the Eastern Cape for approval and signature.

“Last month, I had a meeting with the Premier of the Eastern Cape, members of our cabinets, National Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and Police Minister Bheki Cele to discuss COVID-19 related issues impacting both of our provinces with travel between the two provinces for funerals being one of the focus areas.” said Premier Alan Winde.

“At that meeting, we agreed to draw up a series of protocols around funerals and movement between provinces which are now contained in the draft MoU. This includes details on the preparation of bodies for travel and the permits required to travel for a funeral as suggested in the national regulations.” he said.

The draft MoU proposed by the Western Cape indicates that those traveling between the two provinces may be subjected to a medical examination, or placed into a medical

“To successfully combat this virus, all organs of the state must take seriously the principles of co-operative government and inter-governmental relations. We must do what we can to mitigate, combat and prevent any transmission of COVID-19 inter-provincially. This document shows that we are proactive and serious when it
comes to looking out for the best interests of the people in both provinces,” said Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, Anton Bredell.

The Western Cape has already drawn up protocols for the management of increased COVID-19 deaths, both in the province and in cases where travel between provinces will be required.

National regulations around the size of funerals, certain burial practices and who may attend are already in place and are not superseded by the Western Cape protocols.

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