KwaZulu-Natal has contributed 9% of the new Covid-19 cases reported nationally and continues to be the fourth highest provinces. FILE PHOTO Picture:Brendan Magaar/African News Agency (ANA)

Update: Covid-19 cases in KZN

The province continues to experience an upsurge of cases with Ethekwini and UMgungundlovu Districts recording 60% of the daily cases.

DURBAN – KwaZulu-Natal has contributed nine percent of the new Covid-19 cases reported nationally and continues to be the fourth highest provinces in Coronavirus cases countrywide but daily cases in that province have since stabilised.

According to the provincial health department, the province continues to experience an upsurge of cases with Ethekwini and UMgungundlovu Districts recording 60 percent of the daily cases.

“Ethekwini District has been recording a median of 335 cases daily (range 121-578) since 19 June 2020. UMgungundlovu recorded a median of 72 cases/day (range 22-248 cases) since 19 June 2020. The province recorded 17 new Covid-19 related deaths in four different districts,” said the department spokesperson Agiza Hlongwane.

On Monday, the Department of Education publicised a breakdown of Covid-19 cases affecting schools in the province. It comes a day after the department announced that four teachers and a school security guard have died as a result of Covid-19 in the province.

Leading with the highest number of cases in the province is the Umgungundlovu district with 93 cases, Pinetown with 66, Umlazi with 51 and Ugu with 41 cases. To date, 345 schools have been affected by the virus. The department says 306 teachers and 81 learners have tested positive.

The province has so far recorded 789 new cases and on Monday it recorded its first paediatric death since the beginning of the pandemic. The deceased is a five months old who was admitted with tuberculosis.

District breakdown:

Ugu

Confirmed cases – 564

Deaths – 6

Recoveries – 112

eThekwini

Confirmed cases – 8 286

Deaths – 130

Recoveries – 3 005

Ilembe

Confirmed cases – 1 077

Deaths – 8

Recoveries – 694

King Cetshwayo

Confirmed cases – 724

Deaths – 6

Recoveries – 151

Umkhanyakude

Confirmed cases – 142

Deaths – 4

Recoveries – 64

Zululand

Confirmed cases – 276

Deaths – 2

Recoveries – 43

Amajuba

Confirmed cases – 453

Deaths – 1

Recoveries – 116

Umzinyathi

Confirmed cases – 194

Deaths – 0

Recoveries – 19

Uthukela

Confirmed cases – 722

Deaths – 14

Recoveries – 177

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