National to probe Eastern Cape Covid-19 death stats

Addition of a ‘backlog’ of Covid deaths from May to November ballooned province’s 24-hour toll to 452 this week

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The national health department will be investigating the Eastern Cape government's Covid-19 death statistics reporting after  452 deaths recorded “on Wednesday” were found to be the result of a so-called “data reconciliation” of deaths from last year.

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said some of the data announced on Wednesday — suggesting the highest daily toll ever — had effectively been inflated with the addition of  a “backlog” of deaths recorded between May and November 2020...

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