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Academic analysis of SA’s covid-data shortcomings

Adam Oxford
Adam Oxford
2020-04-14

There’s a strong feeling that the South African government is doing pretty well at coronavirus: last night, a long press conference was called in which graphs were shown to demonstrate that for now, the swift move to lockdown is working (for now being the operative part). South Africa’s infections and mortality rates are all better than, say, the UK – even when looking at the ration of tests to positive results. Still, there is one thing that could be better: more detail and more regularity in the daily updates (see ND passim). For one glorious moment at the weekend we had data from NICD, DoH, Guateng Health and the Western Cape (including hospitalisation and recovery rates). For one day.

University of Pretoria’s Vukosi Marivate and Herkulaas MvE Combrink (who maintain an excellent repo of public covid data) weigh in on the subject of why this is important, in a case study penned for Cornell University. Well worth a read.

Adam Oxford
  • Adam Oxford is a freelance journalist, media consultant and civic tech enthusiast. He also works closely with startups developing solutions to access to justice problems.

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