A decline in Covid-19 deaths is encouraging: Medical researchers


A decline in Covid-19 deaths is encouraging: Medical researchers
A decline in Covid-19 deaths is encouraging: Medical researchers

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is encouraged that there has been a drastic decline in Covid-19 fatalities – which is compounded by a recovery rate of 76%.This as the peak in infections was initially expected to hit the country at the end of July into August.

The SAMRC’s chief specialist scientist, Professor Debbie Bradshaw says: “We’ve been tracking the number of deaths that are registered with the Department of Home Affairs and we’ve been doing it on a weekly basis…
“What we’ve seen The SAMRC’s chief specialist scientist, Professor Debbie Bradshaw says: “We’ve been tracking the number of deaths that are registered with the Department of Home Affairs and we’ve been doing it on a weekly basis…
“What we’ve seen is that in the last two weeks of July there has definitely been a downward trend in the number of deaths.” is that in the last two weeks of July there has definitely been a downward trend in the number of deaths.”



 

 

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This is “encouraging”, she points out.
With many provinces affected differently by Covid-19, Bradshaw says: “The worrying one is KwaZulu-Natal, which is plateauing and we would like to see it coming down.”
This as KwaZulu-Natal surpassed the Western Cape in terms of active Covid-19 cases. The former has 101 499 while the latter has a total of 100 536 infections.

“The epidemic is very difficult to predict,” Bradshaw adds noting that scientists have tried their best with the limited data at hand. No one knew why it unfolded like that.
“The real important thing to remember is that the epidemic depends on our behaviour,” she says adding that safety measures should be adhered to.
They include social distancing, wearing a mask in public and keeping hands sterile.
“Although it looks hopeful, citizens have to take it into their own hands.”

South African remains the Covid-19 9epicentre on the continent.
To date, there are 568 919 cases, 11 010 deaths and 432 029 recoveries – which translates to a recovery rate of 76%.

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