Kwazulu-Natal Is The New Epicenter of Covid-19 In South Africa

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As the Omicron Covid-19 variant sparked the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections in Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal is emerging as the new epicenter of the virus in South Africa. 


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As the Omicron Covid-19 variant sparked the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal is emerging as the new epicenter of the virus in South Africa.

Of the 15 424 new cases of Covid-19 reported in the last 24 hours, 4 009 cases were reported in Kwazulu-Natal (KZN). KZN was followed by Gauteng (3 316) and the Western Cape (3 324) where the majority of the new cases were reported.

There were 55 877 Covid-19 tests completed in the last 24 hours. The 15 424 positive cases indicated a positivity rate of 27.6%. An additional 35 new deaths were reported bringing the total number of deaths in the country due to Covid-19 related illnesses to 90 488.

KZN Health Department’s Sandile Tshabalala says they are worried as from December 15th they have been seeing a high number of positive cases. He says non-compliance of non-pharmaceutical interventions like mask wearing and interprovincial travel is contributing to the rising caseload in KZN.

Tshabalala is calling on people in the province to be responsible as they battle the third wave of infections. He says the responsibility cannot only be on the government alone to prevent the spread of the virus.

He said, “we are encouraging people to take care of themselves in the form of non-pharmaceutical interventions. Let them test, let them be admitted if they need to be admitted [to hospital] after testing positive but also let them be responsible in all the activities that they are doing and let them work with the government in terms of making sure that we we reduce the speed at which the omicron or any variant is spreading”.

Tshabalala is also calling on people to get vaccinated against Covid-19. He explained that this will prevent people from getting severe symptoms and could see a decline in the rate of hospitalization.

He adds that if Covid-19 hospital admission rates are high, along with trauma admissions would place the healthcare system under tremendous strain.

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