Coronavirus cases climb in Cape Town’s largest township

Western Cape premier Alan Winde has reported 599 confirmed cases of Covid-19 coronavirus infections in the province as of midnight on 12 April.

Khayelitsha, the largest township in the Western Cape, with a population of around 400,000 people, has 14 confirmed cases.

“Currently, 24 people who have tested positive for Covid-19 infection are being treated in hospital, with 11 of these receiving care in ICU.

“We also recorded the seventh death in the province yesterday- a 61-year old male. We extend our thoughts and condolences to his family and loved ones at this time,” said Winde.

“We are encouraged that the growth in the number of new cases in many of our non-metro areas has been minimal,” he said.

Sub Districts Non-Metro:

  • Garden Route Bitou – 5
  • Garden Route Knysna – 13
  • Garden Route George – 13
  • Garden Route Hessequa – 5
  • Garden Route Mossel Bay – 19
  • Garden Route Oudtshoorn – 2
  • Cape Winelands Stellenbosch – 16
  • Cape Winelands Drakenstein – 6
  • Cape Winelands Breede Valley – 6
  • Cape Winelands Langeberg – 1
  • Overberg Overstrand – 9
  • Overberg Theewaterskloof – 1
  • West Coast Saldanha Bay Municipality – 3
  • West Coast Swartland – 2
  • Unallocated – 6

The Western Cape has the second highest number of cases, behind the country’s most densely populated province Gauteng. The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Gauteng is 865 with 350 recoveries.

The number in the Western Cape is marginally higher than the number reported late on Sunday evening by health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, who reported that the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 2,173.

Mkhize said this is an increase of 145 cases from the previously reported cases on Saturday. The number of deaths still stand at 25.

He said the total number of tests conducted to date is 80,085.

Read: Projections show Covid-19 peaking in mid-May in South Africa – report

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Coronavirus cases climb in Cape Town’s largest township