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SA life expectancy drops due to Covid-19

Life expectancy in South Africa in 2021 has declined by over 3 years.
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SA life expectancy drops due to Covid-19

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.

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