KZN driving spike in Covid-19 infections nationally: Phaahla

KZN driving spike in Covid-19 infections nationally: Phaahla

Health Minister Joe Phaahla says surges in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape are driving the worrying spike we're seeing in Covid-19 infections nationally.

Joe Phaahla

Phaahla briefed the media on Friday on the government's efforts to stem the spread of Covid-19 infections. 

"Overall, in the last seven days, there has been an 18.2 percent increase in new infections over that seven day period compared to the previous seven days. 

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"So while the curve has started to show a downward trend, it is now picking up again driven largely by the Western Cape, KZN, the Eastern Cape but also the Northern Cape, which has never really gone down from the second wave and just went straight into the third wave." 

He says KZN and the Western Cape have been sharing the high number of cases. 

He says hospital admission numbers are coming down. 

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"Slightly encouraging nevertheless is that hospital admissions over the last seven days have gone down by 5.4 percent which is very encouraging  because it means less pressure on our hospital facilities and our medical staff." 

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