According to the “excess deaths” team of the SA Medical Research Council the number of South Africans who died in the latest week was up more than 7% on the previous week. More than 17 250 deaths were recorded between July 4 and 10, compared with 16 090 the previous week. The Delta variant accounted for nearly all new cases of Covid-19. Excess deaths from natural causes - the number that exceeded the historical trend - reached 7 374 in the week ending July 10. This was nearly seven times higher than the low of 1 064 between March 14 and 20 but still less than half the 15 926 at the peak of the second wave of the local Covid-19 outbreak, in the middle of January.

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