South Africa records 116,735 deaths in four months
London, August 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A total of 116,735 deaths were officially registered with Home Affairs Offices across South Africa between March and June 2020, when the country was experiencing an increase in the rate of coronavirus infections.
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi made the revelations in a written reply to a DA parliamentary question in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).
DA Free State delegate in the NCOP George Michalakis wanted Motsoaledi to give figures for the same period in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
In March alone, 36 130 deaths were registered at Home Affairs offices across the country, followed by 30 842 in April. In May, there were 31 608 registered deaths.
The lowest was in the month of June with 18 155 deaths registered with Home Affairs offices.
This brings the total number of deaths that were registered at Home Affairs offices under lockdown between March and June 2020 to 116 735.
The report shows a significant decrease when compared to 2019 when 152 889 fatalities were recorded in the same period.
This means there were 36 154 less dead bodies registered at Home Affair offices between March and June 2020 than in 2019 during the same period.29 August 2020, 9:48 PM | Mercedes @SABCNews