WEEKLY HOSPITAL SURVEILLANCE (DATCOV) UPDATE
This report summarises data from COVID-19 cases admitted to sentinel hospital surveillance sites in all provinces. The report is based on data collected from 5 March 2020 up to 15 January 2022 (week 2 of 2022).
- As of 15 January 2022, 489,384 COVID-19 admissions and 99,144 in-hospital deaths were reported to DATCOV from 666 facilities (407 public-sector and 259 private-sector) in all nine provinces of South Africa.
- In the fourth COVID-19 wave, dominated by the Omicron variant, there was an increase in admissions since week 45 and a decrease in admissions since week 50. The weekly admissions during the fourth wave have been lower than the numbers of admissions at the peak of the second and third waves in both private and public sectors.
- The number of admissions has decreased in all provinces in the last two weeks. Decreases in the most recent week may be due to delays in data submission.
- There has been a small increase in in-hospital COVID-19 deaths in both public and private sectors in all provinces since week 48. The weekly deaths during the fourth wave have been lower than the numbers of deaths at the peak of the prior three waves in both public and private sectors.