an interval of more than six months, we are looking again in our column at the
prevalence and impact of COVID-19 in South Africa. It has been by far the worst
affected country on the continent, with 52,660 deaths to date according to the
latest data from Johns Hopkins University in the United States (and 2,080 in
Nigeria). The comparable figures in mid-August were 10,600 and 950
respectively. It does not require a statistician to notice that the rate of
acceleration between the two data points differs greatly but it does require
one to scrutinize the methodology in both cases.