COVID-19 in SA: Death toll could be higher than reported

COVID-19 in SA: Death toll could be higher than reported

2020-07-10 07:41:00 PM

COVID-19 in SA: Death toll could be higher than reported

Researchers have released data on so-called 'excess deaths'.

That figure could be close to 7,000, since the beginning of May.READ:COVID-19 in SA: Alcohol's impact on the public health systemOfficials are not saying government tried to hide anything but instead, it's a matter of data collection."Estimating this is very challenging but we are not sure if we are right," said Debbie Bradshaw, Burden of Disease Unit Director at the SA Medical Research Council.

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"But we do take it as a signal that the official statistics are undertaking the real impact of COVID, it is not unusual, it has happened in other countries."READ:The total number of confirmed cases in the country to 238,339.The Department of Health congratulated South African laboratory services for completing over two-million tests.

Countrywide, 2,000,569 people have now been tested.The total number of COVID-19 related deaths now stands at 3,720.- Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.Help protect your loved ones by sharing this officialwith your family, friends and community.

Send HI to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp.The NICD has another Clinician Hotline to improve #COVID19 communication and support for healthcare providers. The Clinician Hotline is 0800 11 1131, operating 24 hrs. The Public Hotline is 0800 029 999 also operating 24hrs.

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