COVID-19 in SA: Interpreting excess deaths

South Africa has recorded 60% more excess deaths than expected in the last few weeks. eNCA speaks to Wits University vaccinology professor, Shabir Madhi. Courtesy #DStv403

 

JOHANNESBURG - Wits vaccinology professor Shabir Madhi says the under-reporting of COVID-19 deaths is systemic and not unique to South Africa.

South Africa has recorded 60 percent more excess deaths than expected in the last few weeks.

This is raising questions about whether or not the recorded number of COVID-19 deaths is accurate.

READ: Mkhize concedes COVID-19 related deaths not reported timeously

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said there is nothing untoward about the surge in COVID-19 related deaths in the past few days.

He said it indicates a backlog in reporting deaths timeously.

Madhi says some people may die of COVID-19 outside of hospitals or before they get tested.

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eNCA