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Concerns over a spike of Covid-19 cases in KZN

Article by: Dumisane Dube

The KwaZulu-Natal government says it believes the increase in COVID-19 infections could have been caused by the recent unrest that took place in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

The province currently has over 38 500 active cases, surpassing Gauteng which has a little more than 16 600.

Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane says they are concerned by the number of covid-19 cases, KwaZulu-Natal has surpassed Gauteng with over 2000 daily infections.

According to Simelane recent unrests could have contributed to the rising numbers, the province has not yet reached its third wave.

“The issue of clusters and super spreader events are some things that will affect our infections as a province. As you would know in the past two weeks or so we had unrest in the province and we really were not able to determine the extent that those unrests had affected our people.

But outside of the unrest, we have not had any other super spreader events. We think those engagements, those coming together of people at that point, might be the reason why our infection numbers are going up right now. But again it’s an assumption because we don’t have something scientific that actually speaks to that.”

However, experts say infections in the province showed an increase before the unrest.

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