- A new analysis shows that the number of Covid-19 deaths in South Africa might have been under-reported by the authorities
- Professor Alex van den Heever found that a large number of excess deaths in Mzansi could be Covid-19 related
- In the analysis, it is found that 80-97% of deaths in the country can be linked to the Coronavirus
According to a new analysis, the Covid-19 deaths recorded in South Africa could have been under-reported by the authorities. If a number of excess deaths were linked to Covid-19, this would push South Africa much higher in the global rankings.
The analysis was made by Professor Alex van den Heever, who is the chair of the University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance. Researchers found that 19 539 deaths out of about 49 251 excess deaths were reported to be due to Covid-19.
The official causes of death for the remaining numbers are not clear.
The 29 000 excess deaths in which the cause is unknown can be attributed to Covid-19. Van den Heever found that between 80-97% of deaths can be linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"The close correlation between new infection trends and excess mortality strongly suggests that virtually all excess deaths are Covid-19 deaths," he said during a November 5 presentation.
The professor made the presentation during a webinar earlier in November. As deaths continue to surge and cases continue to decline, excess deaths are expected to return in bounds.
In other news, Briefly.co.za previously reported that Power FM's Mpumi Mlambo weighs in on easing of lockdown. With Ramaphosa recently announcing that alcohol sales would resume as per usual, many cannot be blamed for believing that the lockdown is easing and things are slowly going back to normal. The easing of the stringent alcohol sales bodes particularly well for the entertainment industry, which has suffered during the lockdown.
Briefly.co.za chatted to Power FM's Mpumi Mlambo to find out how she was feeling about the new developments and how they would affect her as an entertainer.
"From a business perspective I'm obviously happy about the easing of lockdown, people have been out of work and aren't able to provide for their kids. However, I'm worried about our health, I hope we don't lose lives and survive this."
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