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Take Covid-19 numbers with a pinch of salt, and prepare for third, fourth waves

Covid-19 4 weeks ago

A leading epidemiologist believes the official numbers don’t tell the whole story, as can be seen in weekly excess deaths, and questions if government’s vaccine rollout secrecy is evidence of a lack of proper planning.


27 Jan 2021
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Take Covid-19 numbers with a pinch of salt, and prepare for third, fourth waves

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 24, 2020, One of the first South African Oxford vaccine trialists looks on as a medical worker injects him with the clinical trial for a potential vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, South Africa. (Photo by SIPHIWE SIBEKO / POOL / AFP)

Official figures indicating the decline in South Africa’s Covid-19 infections should be taken with a pinch of salt, with experts warning that these numbers may not be fully reflective of the grim picture on the ground. According to co-chair of the Covid-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, South Africa is approaching the end of its second Covid-19 wave and this is a very positive trend. Official figures show that there has been a consistent decline in the number of infections in the last two weeks, with Karim, an epidemiologist and infectious diseases specialist, saying SA seems to have...

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