Covid-19 drives excess natural deaths to more than 200 000

 

According to the latest weekly report from the Medical Research Council (MRC) more than three quarters of the 203 000 excess deaths from natural causes that have occurred in SA in the past 15 months were among people aged 60 or above. The tally of excess natural deaths for people aged 60 and older between May 2020 and July 17, 2021, came to nearly 156 000, representing 77% of the total.

The official Covid-19 death toll, which stood at 66 676 on July 17, highlighted the extensive under-reporting of Covid-19 deaths, reported Business Day (23 July 2021)

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