Mkhize concedes COVID-19 related deaths not reported timeously

The Health Minister says there's nothing untoward about the surge in COVID-19 related deaths in the past few days. Rather, he says it indicates there's a backlog in reporting deaths timeously.  He's also reiterated the country is moving into the eye of the COVID19 storm. Courtesy #DStv403

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

He says it indicates a backlog in reporting deaths timeously.

Mkhize also reiterated the country is moving into the eye of the COVID-19 storm.

Mkhize: SA approaching COVID-19 peak

Mkhize was speaking during a National Assembly debate on the additional R21-billion his department has received to respond to the pandemic.

He said that the re-opening of the economy has contributed to the rapid surge in coronavirus cases.

With deaths hovering over 6,000, Mkhize says under-reporting is carefully watched.

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“Various explanations are given for this phenomenon, for example, people dying of COVID before they get to health services, or people dying of COVID-19 but the death not being reported as such, or people dying from non-COVID-19 conditions because of constraints in the health services,” he said.

In response to criticism from opposition MPs, Mkhize says it was inevitable the pandemic would expose weaknesses in the health system.

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