Coronavirus – South Africa: Health Department records COVID-19 deaths backlog
The Department of Health has today recorded over 500 COVID-19 deaths due to going audit exercise conducted by provinces across the country to address a backlog of COVID-19 mortality and new cases.
Out of 551 deaths recorded today, only 45 have occurred in the past 48 hours.
Provinces like the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal account to 476 historical combined deaths in patients with documented SARS-Cov-2 infection.
The identification of these historic deaths is part of the process to align the provincial death line list with excess deaths.
The provincial COVID-19 dashboards reflect COVID-19 deaths by date of death rather than by date reported, and provides the most accurate trends in deaths in patients with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa, Department of Health.