Covid-19 update: Concern over accuracy of Gauteng statistics

Covid-19 update: Concern over accuracy of Gauteng statistics

Questions have been raised over the accuracy of Gauteng's Covid-19 statistics with speculation that fewer cases are reported. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic in South Africa.

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The legitimacy of Gauteng's Covid-19 statistics has been called into question with concerns raised over their accuracy.

With the statistics influencing the government's response to outbreaks, unreliable figures could spell trouble.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest statistics on the pandemic in South Africa:

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Concerns have been raised over the accuracy of Covid-19 statistics in Gauteng. Image: Carlo Bressan/Anadolu Agency
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1. Gauteng statistics called into question

Gauteng's Covid-19 statistics are causing some alarm in the province, with records showing that the heavily-populated economic hub has fewer active cases than any other region.

Official data suggests that there is a major issue with the statistics, showing that the province has fewer than 250 active cases, while around 1 600 citizens are receiving hospital treatment for the virus.

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Jack Bloom, DA Shadow MEC in the province, has slammed the data as ludicrous and highlighted the importance of accurate figures:

“Gauteng can’t fight COVID-19 with fake figures. They are becoming more and more ludicrous, providing little guidance in tracking the epidemic to prevent hotspots from developing further. According to the latest figures from the National Health Department, there are only 243 active cases in Gauteng, the lowest in the country despite having the highest population.”

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again provided South Africans with an update on the latest Covid-19 statistics.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Department of Health, Mkhize commented that:

"As of today, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 772 252 with 2 493 new cases identified since the last report."

In addition to the increase in cases, the Minister also confirmed the latest fatalities:

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"Regrettably, 115 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 45, Free State 20, Gauteng 19, Kwa-Zulu Natal 10, Northern Cape 5 and Western Cape 16. This brings the total to 21 083 deaths."

Mkhize noted that recoveries now stand at 716 444 which translates to a recovery rate of 92,8%.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that private hospital group Netcare has announced that it is flying in ventilators to the Eastern Cape as hospitals in the province battle with a spike in Covid-19 patients.

In addition to this critical equipment nursing staff and paramedics are also being diverted to the region.

The group, according to Business Day, is also considering suspending elective surgeries in an effort to divert all attention to the crisis at hand.

More than half of the group's Covid-19 patients receiving treatment are based in the Eastern Cape. eNCA reports that 80% of the citizens requiring ventilators in Nelson Mandela Bay hospitals, and half of those entering casualty wards, don't survive.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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