KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Health Nomagugu Simelane has sounded alarm bells following a spike in Covid-19 cases in the province.
Simelane’s department said< /span > 1,742 cases of Covid-19 were registered between Saturday and Sunday, with the majority of new cases in eThekwini (80%) followed by the Umgungundlovu district ( 7%) ) and iLembe (5%).
“For the first time in months, the number of new infections is threatening to hit the 2,000 mark and the latest figures have indicated that driven above seven-day average from 414 to 1,171.”
Simelane said she was also concerned about the rising number of patients being hospitalized for Covid-19 .
“Of the 437 people currently admitted to public and private hospitals for Covid-19, 47 are in intensive care and nine are on ventilators. A week ago, 342 people were hospitalized in the province as Covid-19 patients, including 44 in intensive care and 11 on oxygen.
“Regarding our emergency Early warning systems a 10% increase in cases over a 7-day moving average triggers an alert, while a 20% increase in cases over a 7-day moving average can lead to a resurgence, as we have seen.”< /span>< /p>
They said they were unsure if the recent surge was the start of a fifth wave.
“Clearly something is happening. At this point we are not sure if this is the fifth wave or not, but these developments are cause for concern. For this reason, we urge all the people of this province to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions, such as: span>
Approximately 16,079 people have lost their lives due to Covid-19 in the province.
According to the Ministry of Health only 2.756 million people have been vaccinated, with a total of 4.463 million who have not even received a single vaccination.
“We ask those who have not been vaccinated is to report and get the vaccination. This is for their own good as people who are not vaccinated are more likely to contract Covid-19 and transmit it to others. They are also at a much higher risk of dying from the infection compared to vaccinated people.”
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