KwaZulu-Natal is recording a “worrying increase” in the number of new Covid-19 infections but the province has not yet entered the third wave of the pandemic, according to the latest statistics released by the provincial government.
KZN Prime Minister Sihle Zikalala told reporters at a press briefing on Sunday that the province had registered 227 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. This brings the total of confirmed Covid-19 cases to 340,586 since the start of the pandemic. A total of 10,534 people have died from the virus.
“KwaZulu-Natal province continues to see an increase in the number of new cases registered every week, which is worrying,” Zikalala said.
“The overall percentage change in the number of new cases between weeks 21 and 22 was 24%. The actual number of new Covid-19 cases was 726 for week 21 and 900 for week 22 respectively, ”he said.
“Amajuba district is the only one to have reached the alert line and cases have increased slightly over the previous three weeks. eThekwini also received the highest number of cases, although it did not reach the alert line, ”Zikalala said.
eThekwini continues to contribute the highest percentage of deaths, at 36% (3,843). Of the total deaths, 212 (2%) occurred at home. The median age of death is 63 years old. More than half of the people who died were women (54%). And, of the total deaths, 7,290 (69%) had co-morbidities. Recoveries amount to 325,295 and active cases are 4,163.
Zikalala said many people have asked whether KZN has entered the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, he said at this point that the answer was an emphatic “no”.
“With respect to our emergency early warning systems, a 10% increase in cases over a seven-day moving average will trigger an alert; while a 20% increase in cases on a seven-day moving average will trigger a resurgence, which may indicate that we are entering a third wave of COVID-19 infections, ”he said.
“We continue to monitor trends and signals of a resurgence in the province. We focus on identifying clusters and performing targeted testing in affected areas; identify and strengthen contact tracing; step up our risk communication campaign, with a focus on non-pharmaceutical interventions.
He said the province’s strategy for dealing with a potential third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic included the following interventions:
- Test all suspected Covid-19 cases and their contacts
- Isolation of confirmed cases
- Monitoring those who self-isolate
- Find all contacts of confirmed cases
- Dedicate beds for quarantine (PUI), isolation and intensive care; and
- Ensuring the availability of oxygen
- Speed up vaccinations
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This notice was published: 2021-06-07 10:49:34