There are more and more questions – and concerns – about the Eastern Cape’s actual Covid-19 figures.
The DA in the province says the “incompetent” ANC-led provincial government has once again shown that it is incompetent to provide reliable data on the state of affairs with the coronavirus in the province.
According to figures provided by the province to members of the Eastern Cape legislature, there were 1,420 active cases in the province on 21 August. On another page of the same report, a map of the province shows that there are in fact 2 355 active cases in the province. This is almost 1,000 more active cases.
In addition, only three of the eight districts have the same number of active cases as indicated in the table in the report.
The August 23 report also contains inconsistencies and three different figures for the number of active cases are indicated. In the highlights section of the report, 1 647 active cases are indicated, in the table this figure is 1 800 and on the map it is indicated as 1 796 cases.
“It’s no wonder the provincial department needed the support of three different teams – flown in from other provinces and even other countries – to try to manage the response to the pandemic,” Cowley said.
|Eastern Cape *|
|Active cases||1 399|
|Overall cases||85 625|
|Already recovery||81 373|
|* Figures provided by the national department of health on 27 August 2020.|
“The latest consolidated data provided to members of the Eastern Cape legislature is riddled with conflicting information and gives two very different versions of figures on active cases in the province,” said Jane Cowley, the DA’s spokesperson on health in the province. province, said.
Cowley says in the Western Cape, all residents can get daily figures on Covid-19 cases at community level. “They were never kept in the dark or given inaccurate statistics about the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The figures in the Eastern Cape are apparently a different matter.
“The Eastern Cape situation is extremely worrying because accurate data is needed if we want to control the spread of the disease and prevent a second wave that could lead to further segregation regulations and disruption of the economy. This is a situation that the province can hardly afford. ”
Cowley says if the department cannot even check its own statistics and reports, it is certainly not competent enough to run an important provincial department where mistakes and a lack of details can literally claim people’s lives.
This is not the first time that the DA has asked the province to make accurate daily figures on Covid-19 available in the province so that people can make informed decisions about their health.
ŉ Digital dashboard with figures has since been introduced, but it is not accessible to the general public and for those who do have access to it, it simply says that the data has not yet been fully processed.
“I will once again write to the MEC to ask that accurate statistics be introduced to people on a daily basis.
“The MEC for health must realize that presenting false information about Covid-19 to people will not improve the response to the pandemic or public opinion about it.
“There has already been too much loss of life.”