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A year of Covid-19 in SA: KZN’s road from patient 0 to patient 329 909

A year ago KZN recorded the first case of Covid-19 in SA. Picture: Reuters

A year ago KZN recorded the first case of Covid-19 in SA. Picture: Reuters

Published Mar 5, 2021


Durban - On March 5 last year, a Hilton resident in northern KZN was the first person in South Africa to test positive for Covid-19.

A year later, KwaZulu Natal has claimed the number one spot with the most active Covid-19 cases, recording 9 479 in the past 24 hours.

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KZN also remains among the top three provinces for lives lost in the pandemic, data from the Department of Health has revealed.

On March 30, KZN recorded its first Covid-19 related death– a 74-year-old man from Ladysmith died after testing positive three days earlier.

So far, 9 715 people have have died from Covid-19 in KZN, with 17 new deaths recorded in the past 24 hours.

A total of 50 462 South Africans died from the virus.

SA has recorded just over 1.5 million cases, 329 909 of them from KZN.

A total of 310 715 people have recovered.

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Earlier on Friday, the Minister of Health Dr Zwelini Mkhize and KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala were at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg where the first patient with Covid-19 was admitted.

They commemorated the year and lit candles in memory of those who lost their fight with Covid-19.

KZN has lost many community and political leaders in the past year.

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Next month will mark a year since South African scientist Gita Ramjee died from Covid-19 complications.

Ramjee, was the chief scientific officer for the Aurum Institute, and was world renowned for her tireless work to find HIV prevention solutions for women.

In January this year, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Bheki Ntuli also died from Covid-19.

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Founder of Anti-drug Forum SA Sam Pillay and his wife Indrani died weeks apart in hospital from Covid.

Prominent Durban doctor Arthi Ramkissoon died of Covid-19.

She was the founder and executive director of Maternal, Adolescent & Child Health and was the chief executive of the KZN Children’s Hospital Trust.


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