KZN's COVID-19 field hospitals to ease spike in hospital admissions

KZN's COVID-19 field hospitals to ease spike in hospital admissions

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says there is an increase of COVID-19 patients being admitted into the province's hospitals. 

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This, as KZN, confirmed cases have increased by 79.6% over the week to 13 984 cases as of Sunday. 

Speaking on the province's readiness to respond to the escalating cases yesterday, Zikalala said 977 COVID-19 patients had been hospitalised in both public and private facilities.

"On 4 July 2020, the province had 977 patients admitted in both private (n=694, 71%) and public (n=283, 29%) hospitals.

"A total of 121 patients (12%) were admitted in an intensive care unit in both public (n=27) and private facilities (n=94). Of those admitted in ICU, 37% were ventilated (n=45)."

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Zikalala has, however, assured the public that KZN's field hospitals will help manage the capacity of COVID-19 patients.

He says they are keeping a close eye on the increasing number of new infections that are recorded in UMgungundlovu District.

"UMgungundlovu District had a drastic increase in incidence rate from 26-125 cases per 100 000 population in 11 days (22-4 July 2020). In fact, recently, UMgungundlovu District has been reporting more cases than ILembe daily."

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