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Mediclinic News : EDITORIAL: AS COVID-19 NUMBERS FALL, MUCH REMAINS UNCERTAIN

Title

EDITORIAL: AS COVID-19 NUMBERS FALL, MUCH REMAINS UNCERTAIN

Date

2020-09-21

Link

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2020/09/21/editorial-as-covid-19-numbers-fall-much-remains-uncertain/

News Description

SPOTLIGHT In its latest weekly mortality report, the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) estimates that there were around 44 400 excess natural deaths in South Africa since early May. It is not known how many of these deaths were due to COVID-19. Is it 30 000? 40 000? For now, we just don’t know. What is clear enough, though, is that as in other countries, the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths (15 953 as of 20 September) is an underestimate of the total COVID-19 deaths. For counted or confirmed deaths to be lower than total deaths is not surprising. Such a gap has been a feature of HIV and TB statistics in South Africa for years, and it would be strange if we did not see the same pattern with COVID-19.
Created at 2020/09/29 09:07 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2020/09/29 09:07 AM by Mediclinic