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The Western Cape has 2,904 active Covid-19 cases
Latest update: 16 October 2020
Currently there are only 2,904 active cases in The Western Cape out of the 112,862 confirmed cases reported during the lockdown.
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COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA: THE SITUATION NOW
The national total of confirmed cases stands at 698,184 as stated in the last official report from the National Department of Health on 15 October.
- 4,481,354 tests have been conducted
- 698,184 cumulative total of confirmed cases
- 628,301 recorded recoveries
- 18,309 deaths
COVID-19 UPDATE IN WESTERN CAPE: THE SITUATION NOW
As of 15 October, we have 112,862 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the province according to the Western Cape Government.
Below are the Western Cape stats:
- 573,114 tests have been conducted
- 112,862 cumulative total of confirmed cases
- 105,678 recorded recoveries
- 4,280 deaths
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT THIS WEEK...
THE NATIONAL STATE OF DISASTER WILL BE EXTENDED
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced, “Cabinet has decided to further extend the National State of Disaster by a month.” This will take us to 15 November 2020. Dlamini-Zuma added that this period will “help us put measures in place to avoid a second wave of infections.”
Cabinet has decided to further extend the National State of Disaster by a month. This period will allow government a progressive and responsible return to normal. It will help us put measures in place to avoid a second wave of infections. pic.twitter.com/a9CoXijwTq— Dr Dlamini Zuma (@DlaminiZuma) October 14, 2020
OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN
On Thursday, 15 October, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the government’s post-Covid economic reconstruction and recovery plan with new announcements concerning state sector jobs. Ramaphosa plans on creating 800,000 jobs in the coming months across the education, maintenance and construction, and healthcare sectors. Additional announcements were made regarding the unemployment grant, South Africa’s power problem and the opening up of leisure travel. You can find out more about the announcement on businessinsider.co.za.
INFECTIONS FROM ‘SUPER-SPREADER’ EVENT INCREASE
Covid-19 infections from Tin Roof’s ‘super-spreader’ event increased from 73 to 89 on Thursday, 15 October. The number of matric pupils infected remains at 38. However, the Western Cape Government views this as a wake-up call for heightened vigilance and social responsibility, which Premier Alan Winde called for in his Digicon Statement.
WATCH: NEW CORONAVIRUS MYTHS GET BUSTED BY EPIDEMIOLOGISTS
Science Insider brought back epidemiologists Syra Madad and Stephen Morse six months later to debunk 14 NEW myths about the coronavirus. Some of these myths include washing vegetables with bleach, young kids having immunity, warm weather slowing down the virus and more. Brush up on your Covid-19 knowledge even more by getting familiar with the answers to frequently asked questions about coronavirus.
HOW SOUTH AFRICA WILL EASE OUT OF LOCKDOWN
There is a risk-adjusted lockdown strategy in place. There are 5 levels, which will work similarly to loadshedding. These levels will be implemented based on the number of new infections and healthcare system readiness. We are currrently under level 2 lockdown.
For the latest regulation changes that should come with a new level, read our lockdown news update.
HOW THE CORONAVIRUS HAS AFFECTED TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT
Interprovincial travel is allowed under level 2, but not international travel. Public transport is operational. Stay up to date with the government’s travel precautions.
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