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Africa has world’s highest death rate for critically ill Covid patients

Patient outcomes will continue to be compromised until shortfall in critical care resources is addressed, say experts

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Deaths among adults in 30 days after being admitted to critical care with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 appear considerably higher in Africa than the rest of the world.

This is according to a prospective, observational study from 64 hospitals in 10 African countries, including SA, published in The Lancet.

A critical factor in these excess deaths may be a lack of intensive care resources and underuse of those available, say the researchers, all based in Africa...

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