Covid-19 in Western Cape: a district level breakdown

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(last updated 7 September 2020)

To help people keep track of Covid-19 cases in the districts where they live and work, we have collected as much district level data as we could find.

This post contains the data for the Western Cape and its six districts. It will be updated daily (or as often as we are able to source data).

Unallocated cases are not included in the charts below.

The district with the most confirmed cases is the City of Cape Town with 74610 cases as of 7 September. 70,050 of the people who have tested positive in the city have recovered.

Scroll through this post to see charts for all the Western Cape’s districts and subdistricts or click on one of the links below to go straight to a district


Daily increases in confirmed cases in the Western Cape’s districts

The Central Karoo district has 698 confirmed Covid-19 cases as of 7 September. These changes are too small to reflect in the bar chart above. The scale on the y-axis has been kept constant for all the districts to show the extent of the epidemic in the City of Cape Town compared with all the other districts.

The Western Cape provincial government does not published death stats for the districts, only for the province as a whole. So, in the charts below active cases are calculated by subtracting total recoveries from total confirmed cases. This means they are higher than they probably are.

For example, the City of Cape Town has 69% of the provinces total confirmed cases, so, if we assume it also has around 69% of the province’s total deaths, there could be 2,124 deaths, which would bring the active cases in the metro down to an estimated 5,753.

City of Cape Town & Cape Winelands: confirmed cases, active cases and recoveries

The City of Cape Town and Cape Winelands charts have been done separately from the other districts because their numbers are so much higher than the other districts. When comparing the district charts for Cape Town and the Cape Winelands with the other districts, be aware that the Y-axes values are very different.

Central Karoo, Garden Route, Overberg and West Coast confirmed cases, active cases and recoveries

Confirmed cases, active cases and recoveries in the City of Cape Town’s 8 subdistricts

Confirmed cases, active cases and recoveries in the Cape Winelands’ 5 subdistricts

Confirmed cases, active cases and recoveries in the Central Karoo’s 3 subdistricts

Confirmed cases, active cases and recoveries in the Garden Route’s 7 subdistricts

Confirmed cases, active cases and recoveries in Overberg’s 4 subdistricts

Confirmed cases, active cases and recoveries in West Coast’s 5 subdistricts

Active cases per 100,000 people

The government is using a district-level alert system based on the number of active Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people. Coronavirus hotspots are considered to be districts that have more than 5 active cases per 100,000.

Normally active cases are calculated by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the cumulative total of cases; however, the Western Cape does not publish Covid-19 death stats for the the districts. Active cases below are calculated by subtracting only the recoveries from the total cases. This means the active cases for the districts are most likely lower than the ones listed in the table below.

In particular, the City of Cape Town’s active cases per 100,000 population could be around 196 if one assumes Covid-19-related deaths of around 2,000.

The district with the most active cases per 100,000 people as of the week ending 18 July is Garden Route district with 304, up from 260 on 18 July.

Garden Route304
City of Cape Town203
Cape Winelands189
Overberg187
West Coast144
Central Karoo131
Number of active cases per 100,000 population (7-day average as of 25 July)

Change in active cases (7-day average)

This data is compiled from daily updates by Premier Alan Winde published on the Western Cape Provincial Government’s website.