KZN averages 3 000 new COVID-19 cases daily: Zikalala

KZN averages 3 000 new COVID-19 cases daily: Zikalala

Premier, Sihle Zikalala says KwaZulu-Natal is recording an average of 3 000 cases of COVID-19 a day. 

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Zikalala says the province registered some 20 000 infections - over the past week - making up 27% of the country's cases. 

"A week ago, we had 40 045 positive cases. Of which as of yesterday (Saturday) KwaZulu-Natal has had 60 602 positive cases. 

"Our daily COVID-19 positive cases are peaking at a faster rate. We have entered a daily average of over 3 000 infections. This, therefore, means that in just one week, we have  had 20 557 new COVID-19 cases."  

Sikalala updated the province on the coronavirus crisis on Sunday.  

KZN's confirmed over 64 000 cases, 614 deaths and 21 000 recoveries. 

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Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize said he expects KZN to become the province with the second-highest number of cases, after Gauteng

The Premier says so far, eThekwini and Umgungundlovu have contributed the most to the KZN's COVID-19 surge. 

"In eThekwini all wards have recorded infections and continue to record infections on a daily bases, but the worst [hit areas are]: Umlazi, KwaMashu, Phoenix, Chatsworth, Inanda, Newtown, Tongaat, Pinetown and Westville. 

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"In Umgungundlovu Umsunduzi all wards are affected that also includes Mpofana especially Townville, Mkhambathini (Maqongqo) and Richmond."

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