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One in 200 South Africans may have died of Covid-19: study

Researchers say almost all of the excess deaths, which plots mortality against a historical average, are due to the virus.
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The coronavirus may have killed one in every 200 South Africans.

Excess deaths during the Covid-19 pandemic, seen as a more accurate way of measuring its impact than official statistics, climbed to 301 106 in the week ended March 5, according to South African Medical Research Council data released on Wednesday. That’s triple the official fatality rate.

The number of deaths per 100 000 people was 506 in a nation of 60 million, according to the council. Researchers say almost all of the excess deaths, which plots mortality against a historical average, are due to the virus.

The level of deaths in the country with the highest official Covid-19 infections and deaths in Africa compares with about 200 per 100 000 in the UK, but is well below the 680 in Peru and 760 in Russia, according to the World Mortality Dataset. Across Africa, South Africa is the only country to compile the data.

“It is very high,” said Tom Moultrie, a demography professor at the University of Cape Town who helps compile the report. “The excess deaths are really the flag in the ground, which tells us what’s going on with Covid.”

Across South Africa, excess mortality rates vary widely, skewing higher in poorer provinces. The death rate per 100 000 people in the Eastern Cape, South Africa’s poorest province, is 790, while it is 377 in Gauteng, the richest region. Gauteng also has a younger population than the Eastern Cape.

“There clearly are socioeconomic gradients, some provinces are richer than others,” Moultrie said.

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A similar number of people have died of TB during the same period. (162 per capita per year). Even more people have died of non-communicable diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. These are lifestyle diseases.

The point is this – The Cornonavirus Central Command Council did not enforce lockdowns and the wearing of masks for TB and they did nothing to stop the diabetes epidemic. The current situation in New Zeeland proves that lockdowns served no purpouse. It only prolonged the inconvenience for citizens. Nature is not intimidated by masks or lockdowns. She waits patiently because eventually, life must go on as normal.

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