According to the latest report from the Medical Research Council (MRC) the number of excess deaths in the second week of January is more than double last winter’s peak. The weekly number of excess natural deaths rose to an all-time high of 16 093 in the week ending January 16, compared with the 6 673 recorded during the week of July 19 to 27 in the peak of the first wave.

A sustained decline in the weekly number of excess natural deaths has been recorded in the Western Cape since the beginning of the year.

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