21,343 cases of COVID-19 in South Africa

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If they actually tested properly, they would find 5-10 times more. The official figures are about as useful as week old JSE share prices...
What is testing properly? Everyone grumbles but I'm yet to see if workable alternatives to the way government carries on.
 

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What is testing properly? Everyone grumbles but I'm yet to see if workable alternatives to the way government carries on.

I'm merely making an observation, not suggesting how the government should do testing. It is obvious that the backlogs and lack of the promised testing capacity make any official numbers useless.
 

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I'm merely making an observation, not suggesting how the government should do testing. It is obvious that the backlogs and lack of the promised testing capacity make any official numbers useless.
Less useful.
 

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Less useful.

No. When facts are presented based on varying protocols, with unknown backlogs, and a large number of asymptomatic infections, those numbers are misleading. Any decisions based on those are distorted and lead to wrong actions. IMO that is not less useful, its BS...

Last week they stopped doing the much heralded community testing, because it simply added to the burden of backlogs, and provided no useful information. Does that make the figures better or worse? Are those facts included in the daily press releases?

Edit: I would go further, and suggest stopping publishing the daily cases would actually be more constructive. Rather report the numbers in quarantine, the numbers in hospital, the numbers in ICU. People can relate to that, rather than the total number which becomes so big as to be incomprehensible.
 

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No. When facts are presented based on varying protocols, with unknown backlogs, and a large number of asymptomatic infections, those numbers are misleading. Any decisions based on those are distorted and lead to wrong actions. IMO that is not less useful, its BS...

Last week they stopped doing the much heralded community testing, because it simply added to the burden of backlogs, and provided no useful information. Does that make the figures better or worse? Are those facts included in the daily press releases?

Edit: I would go further, and suggest stopping publishing the daily cases would actually be more constructive. Rather report the numbers in quarantine, the numbers in hospital, the numbers in ICU. People can relate to that, rather than the total number which becomes so big as to be incomprehensible.
I actually agree with you.

What I am saying is having some data, when all of this is done, is better than having none. Even if testing was done at 1/12 of what is necessary (arbitrary thumb-sucked figure there).
 

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It's good to see that the numbers are climbing and the resultant effect is that the health system is starting to see proper activity. All will be well so long as the health system does not get overwhelmed. We went into a lockdown to protect this health system, so everything should be fine.
 
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