A backlog of 506 COVID-19 deaths registered by health department

A backlog of 506 COVID-19 deaths registered by health department

South Africa’s Covid-19 death toll has shot up by 551, but the Health Department says 45 people diagnosed with coronavirus, succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hour period.

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 The other fatalities are historic deaths. 


Spokesperson Foster Mohale says audit exercises conducted by provincial departments have registered a backlog of 506 COVID-19 deaths. 


"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.


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The provincial COVID-19 dashboards reflect COVID-19 deaths by date of death rather than by date reported and provide the most accurate trends in deaths in patients with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection.



This brings the number of lives lost during the pandemic to 92-thousand 1-hundred and 12. The country's picked up over 9-thousand 8-hundred new infections. Over 15-and-a-half-million people are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 


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