Over 8 000 frontline workers in KZN infected with Covid-19

Over 8 000 frontline workers in KZN infected with Covid-19

The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on frontline workers in the province is dire.

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"A total of 8 723 health care workers have now been infected with Covid-19 in the public sector since the beginning of the pandemic. Of the total infected, 98 (or 1%) have sadly succumbed to the disease,' says KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala. 

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He says when healthcare workers are affected by the virus, it puts a strain on others on the ground.

Zikalala provided an update on the latest development on Covid-19 in KZN on Sunday.

He says government has also noted an increase between families transmitting the virus.

"Family clusters have also increased, which clearly indicates that infected family members are not complying with self-quarantine and self-isolation rules. 

"There are also a number of home deaths, and people dying on arrival at health facilities, which is a clear indication that people are reporting late to health facilities. 

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"We have also noticed that there is an increase in the number of index cases who are refusing to give a list of their contacts. This is highly problematic, as it hampers contact tracing." 

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