In an article on what Ben Taylor calls ‘Tanzania’s Gamble’, he states that: “We no longer have any reliable estimates of the number of cases or deaths from COVID-19.” True, Tanzania has not carried out many tests. But President Magufuli has asked pertinent questions about how useful the tests are.
Despite carrying out tens of thousands of tests a day, the UK is in a very similar position to Tanzania. This is because they record many deaths that may not be from Covid-19 as if they resulted from the virus, and there is no way of analyzing the figures to work out what proportion is accurate.
In the US, one source has said that the number of deaths ‘from’ Covid-19, as opposed to the number of deaths of people ‘with’ Covid-19 is vanishingly small, probably less than 10%. Presumably we can apply the same comment to…
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