More than R500m was paid out by South African insurance group Liberty to cover confirmed Covid-related death and health-related claims in 2020, with death being the leading cause. Unsurprisingly, Covid-19 related funeral claims peaked during the first wave, but the company said it probably paid out more than R575m in Covid-related claims, given that some Covid-19 deaths were recorded as natural causes. The company’s retrenchment claim statistics for 2020 meanwhile show that between August and October last year, the insurer was processing more than 60 retrenchment claims a month. This for mostly middle to high income earners, who had been considered to be less susceptible to job losses.