More than three quarters of the 203,000 excess deaths from natural causes that have occurred in SA in the past 15 months were among people aged 60 or above, highlighting the devastating toll the coronavirus pandemic has exacted among SA’s elderly, according to the latest weekly report from the Medical Research Council (MRC)

The MRC said the figures might be an undercount, as it was not clear at this stage whether the violence and looting that gripped KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng last week had delayed the registration of deaths, which are recorded by the home affairs department...

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