Update on coronavirus from the Western Cape Government (19 March 2020)
A total of 46 COVID-19 infections have been recorded in the Western Cape.
During their daily briefing, the Western Cape Cabinet heard that tracing teams have been dramatically scaled up in a bid to ensure contacts of those testing positive are identified and isolated as quickly as possible. This is in line with guidelines from the World Health Organisation that countries should prioritise testing and tracing efforts.
Working from home:
Premier Alan Winde started working from home today in line with his call to other businesses to allow their staff to do the same. He had a full day of meetings which he was able to conduct remotely.
“I appeal to businesses that have the means to allow their staff to work from home, to take this step. Now is the time to take bold steps and to innovate as we all work to stop the spread. Where this isn’t possible, we appeal to businesses to take decisions in the best interests of their employees- by ensuring that they are able to keep their distance, in a hygienic environment. Consider where you can make a difference- maybe you can send an email instead of holding a meeting, or re-arrange the workspace so as to allow for more space,” he said.
Minister Nomafrench Mbombo has self-quarantined while she awaits the results of her COVID-19 test. Once these results are received, they will be communicated.
National government regulations:
The Western Cape is currently closely studying the regulations announced by National Government, and how they should be implemented by the province, and will communicate further on this soon.
Government business continues:
The Western Cape Provincial Parliament made special arrangements to ensure the province’s budget could be passed today and the recommendation for the Children’s Commissioner could be made.
“It’s important that even in difficult times like this, we must still get on with the work that the people of this province elected us to do” Premier Winde said.
Minister of Transport and Public Works, Bonginkosi Madikizela met with representatives from the taxi industry today, where positive discussions were held around their role in helping to combat the spread of Coronavirus.
Update on #StoptheSpread:
Our communication campaign continues to be ramped up and we will be releasing new, additional, shareable content soon. We already have a variety of informational materials available on our website and thousands of pamphlets have been printed. Radio adverts will continue to run this week on regional, news and community radio stations.
What residents can do:
- Wash your hands properly and well, for 20 seconds every half an hour
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the crook of your arm, and bin dirty tissues straight away
- Keep a distance between yourself and others
- Do not touch anyone, and do not touch your own face unless you have just washed your hands
- Stay at home if you can, and especially if you feel any signs of illness