SA's Covid-19 death toll may exceed 250 000 as govt admits to possible under-reporting

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Funeral parlour staff preparing a grave for a Covid-19-related death at Waterval Cemetery in Chloorkop, Johannesburg.
Funeral parlour staff preparing a grave for a Covid-19-related death at Waterval Cemetery in Chloorkop, Johannesburg.
PHOTO: Felix Dlangamandla

The national Department of Health, in what appears to be a significant departure from its previous position, admitted this week that government may be under-reporting deaths from Covid-19. 

Previously, the department was apparently dismissive of compelling research that showed significant excess deaths - a higher number of deaths than expected based on historic trends - from natural causes during Covid-19 waves. 

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