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South Africa’s 59% excess deaths imply hidden COVID-19 toll

South Africa’s 59% excess deaths imply hidden COVID-19 toll

TIM COCKS SOUTH Africa witnessed some 17,000 extra deaths from natural causes or 59% more than would normally be expected between early May and mid-July, scientists said. This suggests that more people are dying of COVID-19 than shown in official figures. New data by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) showed that just in the week leading up to July 14 there was an excess of 5,022 deaths by natural causes, about half more than usual. Africa's most industrialised nation is in the middle of a runaway epidemic of the coronavirus, with cases increasing by more than 10,000 a…
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Congo says world’s largest measles epidemic is over

Congo says world’s largest measles epidemic is over

THE Democratic Republic of Congo has announced that it has ended the world's largest measles outbreak that has killed more than 7,000 children since it was declared 14 months ago. Congo's response to the epidemic was hobbled by a health service suffering from decades of underfunding, mismanagement and war, but was also overshadowed by an Ebola outbreak in the east of the country. Health experts say the actual measles death toll could be far higher because many cases go unreported in a country with such poor health infrastructure. "After several strategies mounted at the ministry level, we have just put…
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