South Africa’s (SA) life expectancy has dropped due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Statistics South Africa, life expectancy in South Africa in 2021 has declined by over 3 years.
South Africa experienced both peaks of deaths in the first and second waves of the Covid-19 pandemic within the 2021 Mid-year Population Estimates (MYPE) period between July 2020 and June 2021.
Stats SA said this resulted in a significant increase in the crude death rate (CDR) from 8.7 deaths per 1 000 people in 2020 to 11.6 deaths per 1 000 people in 2021.
“The significant rise in deaths in 2021 (approximately 34%), meant a drop in the 2021 Life expectancy (LE) at birth for South Africa,” Stats SA said in the mid-year population estimates on Monday.
Stats SA said that while the SA life expectancy at birth indicator is an important health indicator, it should not be interpreted as a projection of an individual’s lifespan.
“What is certain is that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the very core of how we interact in society and what we once knew as normal. As new data becomes available over time, we will have a better sense of the full impact of the pandemic on the demography of the nation and the world,” Stats SA said.