WEEKLY PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS EPIDEMIC THRESHOLD
The report is based on data collected from 20 June 2021 (week 24 of 2021) up to 12 June 2022 (week 23 of 2022).
- Total COVID-19 and respiratory admissions increased since the start of the fourth COVID-19 wave from week 45 of 2021, peaking in week 49 of 2021 then decreasing and increasing again to a second smaller peak in week 11. Recently the numbers have been decreasing in most age groups and all provinces remaining below/low threshold. Admission for those aged 5-19 years increased slightly but also remain in low threshold. Admission numbers in those aged <5 years increased from weeks 3 to 13 of 2022 reaching very high threshold, likely related to high levels of circulation of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
- Total COVID-19 and respiratory outpatient (general practitioner) consultations peaked in week 49 of 2021 in the fourth COVID-19 wave then decreasing. Recently the number of consultations has been increasing in most provinces and age groups excluding those aged ≥50 years to a threshold ranging from moderate to very high. Notably in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, the threshold is high while in Western Cape Province it is very high. Consultations among those aged 0-49 years slightly increased in recent weeks to low/moderate threshold.
- Total COVID-19 and respiratory emergency department consultationspeaked in week 49 of 2021 in the fourth COVID-19 wave decreasing thereafter and increasing again to second smaller peak in week 11 2022.