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Findings from SA death reports during pandemic are surprising: expert

Death rates among young children have decreased, while the Northern Cape has the highest rate among provinces

Senior science reporter

Two fascinating phenomena have been exposed by the weekly death report brought out by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in SA.

The first is that the death rates for young children decreased during the first year and the second is that the Northern Cape has had the highest death rate of all provinces.

These are over and above the already publicised findings that deaths from injuries (particularly interpersonal violence and motor vehicle collisions) dropped dramatically during the most stringent phase of lockdown, when movement was strictly limited and alcohol banned — a phase during which young men in particular saw the benefits in terms of lives saved...

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