The Covid-19 pandemic was far deadlier in Zambia than official data show, according to the results of a study in the nation’s capital city.
The study tested the bodies of 1,118 recently deceased people at a morgue in the capital, Lusaka, for Covid-19 and nearly one third tested positive for the virus, the study by scientists affiliated to institutions including Boston University and several Zambian universities, showed. The findings suggest that official data captured only one-in-10 coronavirus deaths. Deaths were concentrated in Lusaka’s poorest areas and across a wide age spectrum, according to the findings. The study has not been peer-reviewed.