Two million vaccinated in KZN, almost 60 000 active cases: Zikalala

Two million vaccinated in KZN, almost 60 000 active cases: Zikalala

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says he is pleased Covid-19 vaccinations in the province are gaining momentum.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala media briefing 29 August
Supplied: KZN government

More than two million people have been inoculated to date.

"We have as a province a target of vaccinating a total of 7,5 million people if we are to contribute meaningfully to the country achieving population immunity for the Covid-19 virus. 

"Our target is to reach 60 000 daily vaccinations, which could help us reach our target of 7,2 million vaccinations by the end of March next year."

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At a briefing on Sunday, Zikalala said those in the 18 to 34-year-old cohort had come out in their numbers to get the jab.

He hopes this will help shape people's opinions about the vaccines.

"We have so far registered 216 754 people aged between 18 and 34, and have vaccinated 55 302 of them, from the 20th to the 27th of August 2021. This gives us an average of 7000 vaccinations among this group, per day."

But the premier says he's still concerned about the number of new cases that've been recorded in the past weeks.

He says 15 333 and 22 817 infections were recorded in the past two weeks, respectively.

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eThekwini District accounts for more than 40% of cases daily.

"Within the latest 24 hour reporting period, we have had 3 107 new infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 474 026.

"We currently have 59 274 active cases; and have sadly lost 13 433 people; and we pray that their souls must rest in peace. There have been 400 455 recoveries."

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