South Africa

Mkhize instructs Gauteng Health Dept to reconcile its COVID-19 data

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has instructed officials in the Gauteng Department of Health to reconcile their COVID-19 data after concerns were raised about the accuracy of the statistics.

The province’s recoveries and active cases were left out of Wednesday night’s update by national government and are expected to be added once the figures are scrutinised.

Mkhize’s office reported 3,250 new infections nationally and 118 new coronavirus related deaths nationally.

According to the latest available data from Gauteng, there were 243 active cases in the province on Tuesday - the lowest in the country - despite being the province with the largest population.

But the province also reported over 228,000 recoveries, which is the highest in the country.

Just two days ago, the Democratic Alliance (DA) raised concerns about Gauteng’s reported data and claiming it is inaccurate and gives little guidance in tracking the pandemic to prevent hotspots from flaring further.

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Meanwhile, the Gauteng Department of Health has 14 vacant senior management positions, which includes CEOs of hospitals.

The department said it was prioritising filling the vacancies and would deal with it urgently.

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