Fluctuating Covid cases in KZN a concern: Simelane-Zulu

Fluctuating Covid cases in KZN a concern: Simelane-Zulu

Health MEC, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu says the current fluctuation in KwaZulu-Natal's daily coronavirus infections should have us worried.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize in PMB phase 2

She was speaking at the launch of the province's second phase of the vaccine rollout.

"While they are still in the two digits, sometimes when we wake up the following day, you find that we crossed over to three digits. 

"As of yesterday, we had 158, the day before 128 infections, however the day before that 78. That on its own should be a worry. 

"The virus is still here and circulating amongst us and that fact that we don't have stable numbers is an indication that it is moving in a manner that is not predictable." 

READ: Over 11 000 people jabbed on Day 1 of Phase 2

Simelane-Zulu joined by Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg for the launch.

Phase One of the vaccine rollout involved the Sisonke Trial, which targetted 1.2 million healthcare workers.

By the programme's end on Friday, 480 000 healthcare professionals had received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson jab.

READ: Cardinal Wilfred Napier gets vaccinated

Mkhize says they want to finish vaccinating the remaining 700 000 workers this week.

"I want to call on the health workers to get to the nearest sites - find out when you can go because we would like them to be prioritised. 

"I have set a deadline that they must try and finish all of the health workers this week. There are enough vaccines to be able to do that and so between now and the end of the week - let's push to make sure our health workers are protected. 

"It is very important because we want them protected and safe before the numbers start rising."

READ: KZN's elderly turn out for start of Phase 2 vaccinations

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