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KZN has entered third wave of Covid-19
​KWAZULU-NATAL has officially entered the third wave of Covid-19 and remains the third highest in terms of laboratory-confirmed cases, contributing 16 percent of positive cases countrywide. KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala, during a media briefing on 15 August, provided the latest developments regarding Covid-19.

Premier Zikalala said the surge in cases appears to have been driven largely by the gatherings of people who looted and destroyed property during the recent civil unrest. He said an increase in interprovincial travel and large gatherings at pubs and restaurants were also contributing factors. The province has noted an increase in cluster cases with schools emerging as the biggest contributor in this regard. “The province has for the past three consecutive days, recorded more than 3 000 new cases and is reporting the second-highest number of daily confirmed cases,” said Premier Zikalala. “In response to the upsurge of cases, there are still enough hospital beds in the province. We have also retained the number of field hospitals that were utilised during the first and second waves,” he said.

He raised concerns about the low turn out at vaccination sites and reminded the public that being vaccinated together with non-pharmaceutical interventions is the best defence against Covid-19.
While vaccines are safe, people who experience adverse effects following the Covid-19 immunisation jab are encouraged to report the matter to be investigated. Adverse Events Following Immunisation is any “untoward” health event that happens after a person receives a vaccine. Dr Phelelani Sosibo, a Senior Medical Officer at eThekwini Municipality’s Communicable Diseases Unit, said such health events could vary from a persisting headache, rash, or muscle pain.

However, he assured the public that in South Africa no death has been positively linked to the Covid-19 vaccines being used in the country. “As with all medicines, there could be reactions. it is therefore critical for vaccinated people to report adverse events to be investigated if there is any causal relationship with the vaccine,” he said. If you have experienced adverse events after leaving the vaccination site, please report it to the Adverse Events Following Immunisation System at AEFI@health.gov.za or call 071 302 8949.

siphelele.buthelezi@durban.gov 
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