The latest data released by the South African Medical Research Council show South Africa’s excess deaths during the pandemic have reached 137,731, indicating that the official Covid-19 death toll (which is below 47,000) may be wildly understated. Business Insider reports that the latest numbers also paint a shocking picture of how the population of the Eastern Cape have been ravaged by the pandemic. While the official government number still puts coronavirus-related deaths at below 11,000 for the province, the SAMRC says excess deaths during the pandemic have reached 31,951, meaning the disease may have killed 1 in every 300 people in the province.