Times Live reports that many critically ill South African Covid-19 sufferers appear to be dying at home because they are too afraid to go to a public hospital and as a result, private hospitals are in some cases transferring patients to public facilities where there is more space. Prof Alex van den Heever from the Wits School of Governance said the same phenomenon occurred in the first wave of the epidemic, explaining that excess death figures compiled by the Medical Research Council also suggested many people were dying before reaching hospital but that understanding the problem would require investigating specific hospital catchments to areas.
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