Covid-19 deaths may be twice as high as official toll, says MRC

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Covid-19 deaths may be twice as high as official toll, says MRC

‘Natural’ death toll is much higher than last year and is almost certainly thanks to the virus

Tamar Kahn

The government’s official coronavirus figures could be missing more than half the deaths caused by the pandemic, a new report from the Medical Research Council (MRC) reveals.

The report provides new insight into the toll of Covid-19, which was first detected in SA on March 5 2020.

The MRC estimates there were 4,039 more natural deaths from May 6 to June 23 than are usually seen during this period of the year in people over the age of one. Over the same seven-week period, the official Covid-19 death tally rose from 153 to 2,102, a total of 1,949 more deaths...

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