COVID-19 Second Wave Hospital Admissions Supersedes that of First Wave

Written by on 19 January, 2021

By: Mfundo Mabaso

COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee Chairperson, Professor Salim Abdool Karim says the daily hospital admissions during the COVID-19 second wave is more than double than any level during the first wave owing to the new variant.

Karim had been speaking during an engagement on the update on COVID-19 and the new variant 501.V2, on Monday evening.

Recent data shows that there has been an 18.3% upward trend on 16 January compared to the last seven days, with close to 18 000 who were admitted, while 2 472 were in the intensive care unit.

Karim says the new variant is 50% more transmissible than the previous ones and in KwaZulu-Natal, it spreads 39% faster.

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Meanwhile, according to Karim, the numbers of additional infections are coming down, with the Western Cape and Eastern Cape showing indications of easing off.


Info-graphics on the COVID-19 trends in KZN



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