Covid-19 update: Mkhize admits Gauteng statistics are flawed

Covid-19 update: Mkhize admits Gauteng statistics are flawed

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has admitted that Gauteng's Covid-19 statistics are flawed. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic in South Africa.

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Eyebrows were recently raised over obvious flaws in Gauteng's Covid-19 statistics, a major cause for concern.

Now, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that there is indeed an error in the data.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic below:

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Mkhize has confirmed that Gauteng's data is off the mark. Image: Flickr/ GovernmentZA
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1. Mkhize admits Gauteng data flawed

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed speculation over the accuracy of Gauteng's Covid-19 statistics.

Commenting on the situation in a statement issued by the Department of Health, Mkhize noted that:

"As National Department of Health, we have identified that there is a need to reconcile data in Gauteng Province. We have brought this to the attention of the Province and they have indicated that they are in the process of harmonizing the data."

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The Minister further revealed that the data for the province would be held back while the matter is attended to:

"For this reason we will not be reporting the recoveries and active cases in the Province for today while we await the urgent conclusion of these processes."

Mkhize concluded that a team had been dispatched to the province to help remedy the situation:

"Officials from Gauteng Province have indicated that they are giving urgent attention to the issue of data reconciliation. In addition, we have deployed a team to assist them to resolve the issue expediently."

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has updated South Africa on the latest Covid-19 statistics on Friday.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize confirmed the latest number of new infections:

"As of today, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 778 571 with 3 069 new cases identified since the last report."

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The Minister also confirmed the latest number of fatalities recorded in the country, commenting that:

"Regrettably, 88 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 33, Free State 25, Gauteng 5, Kwa-Zulu Natal 2, Limpopo 5 and Western Cape 18. This brings the total deaths to 21 289."

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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.

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.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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