Zikalala made the announcement during his latest update on the Covid-19 situation in the province at a media briefing in Durban.
“On many previous occasions, our COVID – 19 media briefings have taken place under a heavy and grim atmosphere that was characterised by high numbers of infections, hospitalisation due to severe illness, and deaths. This was always accompanied by a deep sense of anxiety, as many people wondered whether they or their loved ones would be next in line to lose their lives to this deadly virus. But, for a change, we have come bearing good news,” Zikalala said.
He said the number of new infections, hospitalisations, and deaths in the province were currently “relatively low”.
“Our Province has continued to observe a remarkable decline in the number of new cases in the past few weeks. In fact, over the past week, the overall percentage change in the number of new cases between weeks 40 and 41 was -50%; which is, in other words, a 50% decline. The actual number of new cases recorded was 2 035 for week 40 and 1 026 for week 41 respectively,” he said.
The decline in new infections occurred across the province, with iLembe, uThukela and Zululand Districts observing a percentage drop of more than 60%.
Hospitalisation and Isolation of Covid-19 patients
KwaZulu-Natal had 764 patients admitted in both private and public hospitals as at 12 October 2021. Of these, 514 or 67% of the patients were in private hospitals and 250 or 33% were in public hospitals. A total of 130 or 17% of the patients required intensive care services. Private hospitals had more patients in ICU (92%, or 119) compared to public facilities, which admitted 8%, or just 11 to ICU.
Zikalala said that during there past 24-hour reporting period there had been one new COVID-19-related death.
“This has brought to 14 704 the total number of COVID-19 – related deaths in our province since the beginning of the pandemic,” he said.
“Of the total number of fatalities, 231 or 2% of them occurred at home, which again, is cause for concern for us. We are of the view that even though our infection numbers are low, the very fact that COVID – 19 is still killing our fellow compatriots should make us all worry,” Zikalala said.
Zikalala urged people who have not yet been inoculated, to receive the Covid-19 vaccination.