151 more people die of COVID-19 in South Africa

South Africa’s COVID death toll now stands at 55,719, as 3,332 new COVID infections were detected in the last 24-hour cycle.

FILE: South Africa’s recovery rate is now 94.2%, which means just over 1.5 million people have so far recovered. Image: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG – The National Department of Health has reported 151 more COVID-19-related deaths in South Africa, bringing the total number of known deaths in the country to 55,719.

The department also said 3,332 new COVID infections were detected in the last 24-hour cycle, bringing the country’s total number of cases to more than 1,623,000.

The recovery rate is now 94.2%, which means that just over 1.5 million people have so far recovered.
On the vaccine front, just over 642,000 injections have been administered.

At the same time, as the official death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 3.4 million worldwide, experts said it was undoubtedly an underestimate.

But by how much? And how can we know the real toll of the pandemic? Scientists are working tirelessly to try to find an answer to this question, which, if found, would be crucial in assessing the historic impact of COVID-19 not to mention the lessons for the next global killer.

READ: As official toll rises, true figure of COVID-19 death is elusive

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that around 6 to 8 million people are likely to have died from COVID-19.

In a study earlier this month, the Seattle-based Institute for Health Measurement and Evaluation (IHME) used various modeling techniques to estimate that a total of 6.9 million people have died from COVID-19 since March 2020, more than twice the official ringing value.

The IHME calculated that the United States had recorded 912,000 deaths from COVID-19, compared to an official toll of around 578,000.

The figure of 736,000 deaths in India was almost three times the official toll from COVID-19, according to the IHME.

According to the study, Mexico had recorded 621,000 deaths from COVID-19, Brazil 616,000 and Russia 600,000 – a toll well above the official figure of 111,000 deaths.

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