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Coronavirus – South Africa: Health Department records COVID-19 deaths backlog

By APO Group
07 January 2022   |   12:00 am
Download logoThe 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…

Republic of South Africa, Department of Health
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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.