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Premier Alan Winde confirms total of 293 436 cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 in Western Cape

28 May 2021

As at 1pm on 28 May 2021, the Western Cape had 3 762 active COVID-19 infections, with a total number of 293 436 COVID-19 cases to date and 277 881 recoveries. 

Total number of COVID-19 cases to date

293 436

 

Total recoveries

277 881

 

Total deaths

11 793

 

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

3 762

 

Tests conducted

1 630 447

 

Hospitalisations

837, of which 188 are in high care or ICU

 

By 5pm on 27 May 2021, the Western Cape Government had administered:

Phase

Vaccinated

Phase 1a (Sisonke trial)

93 153

Phase 1b and Phase 2

37 179

TOTAL

130 332 (note: this figure is more than the dashboard figure due to a short lag time in updating vaccinations on the dashboard)

The Western Cape has recorded 4 additional deaths since our last daily update on Thursday, 27 May, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 11 793. We send our condolences to the loved ones of those who have passed.

Additional data is available on the Western Cape COVID-19 data dashboard which also features active cases per sub-district, active cases per 100 000 and 7-day moving averages. To view the Dashboard, visit:  https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-dashboard  

“Western Cape launches interactive, public-facing vaccination dashboard”

Following the release of our award-winning COVID-19 public-facing dashboard last year, which has generated more than 2 million views to date, we have today gone live with our vaccine registration dashboard.

This dashboard gives residents up to date information on how many people have registered in their community. We hope that it will be used as a tool to drive community action toward registration (of oneself when eligible, and others), particularly in areas where sign-ups are low.

I encourage all residents to view it here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/vaccine-dashboard.

This dashboard includes:

  • A breakdown by the district and local municipality of residents who have registered for their vaccine, and a percentage of this relative to the eligible population (statistics are from the StatsSA 2020 midyear population estimates).
  • A filtering capability that enables us to quickly identify areas with low registration. This will enable targeted interventions to increase vaccine registration.
  • An interactive “heat map” that will allow residents to zoom into their neighbourhood to see how many elderly people may reside in the community.
  • A list of active vaccination sites, which will also tell you how many residents are within a 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 km radius of the site.
  • A list of ‘points of interest’, which will include our free Wi-Fi spots, religious centres, shopping areas, old age homes, government offices among others.

Please note that the data may not be 100% perfect, because population numbers by area may have changed over the last year, but it is a very useful tool to determine trends.

The most evident trend so far is that registrations in poorer communities are much lower when compared to other areas. The main reason for this is the lack of access to the resources that would enable registration on the EVDS.

This is very worrying to me. Vaccines save lives, and every life must matter. No matter where you live, or what you earn. We must ensure a fair, and equitable vaccination programme in our province.

On this note, I strongly believe that the registration process needs to be simplified considerably so that all barriers to getting the vaccine are removed. This is something that we will raise with the national government.

The Western Cape Government has already taken a number of steps to help those without resources to register

  • We have trained the staff at all 75 Cape Access Centres across the province so that they can help residents register for free.
  • We have zero-rated the EVDS portal on our public Wi-Fi hotspots so that it will not take up any data from the free 3GB allocation provided.
  • Most Western Cape libraries will also be able to assist across the province.
  • We will deploy additional resources to help in these communities, including our Safety Ambassadors and Community Healthcare Workers, to increase registration.
  • We will target our communications campaign in these areas, providing as much information on how to register as possible.

While we are working hard to bridge this gap, we simply cannot do it alone. We need every person to help register someone who is 60 years and older.

To register for the vaccine, you will need to visit: https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/#/. This portal can also be found via www.westerncape.gov.za.

You can also dial *134*832# and follow the prompts (FREE on all South African Networks), or WhatsApp the word REGISTER to 0600 123456.

Should you need assistance with the registration process, do not hesitate to visit www.sacoronavirus.co.za/evds/support/ or call our call centre on 0860 142 142.

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