New COVID-19 Cases per week in KwaZulu-Natal
As an epidemiologist living in Pietermartizburg, KwaZulu-Natal, I want to see if the number of new cases of COVID-19 is increasing, stable or decreasing over time in my province and district. This in order to know if things are getting better or worse. Since reporting can vary significantly from day to day it is helpful to look at changes from week to week. When I could not find this information for the different districts anywhere, I decided to keep track of the numbers myself.
As you can see, currently in KwaZulu-Natal and most of the districts the number of new cases is showing a downward trend. However, it was found that fewer tests have been conducted compared to the previous week (almost a third) and the number of cases that could not be allocated to a district has increased (with about 1100).
“Fun never ends. It has always been there. It will be there in future, when Covid– 19 is no longer a problem. But if we disregard precautions we may compromise our lives and those we love."
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala
For myself this means working from home, “meeting” colleagues as well as friends only online, getting groceries delivered. When I go out to exercise, I wear a face mask, keep at least 1.5 metre distance from other people and wash my hands afterwards.