Covid-19: So many tests overdue

South Africa had a backlog of more than 96,000 Covid-19 test samples at the beginning of this week, leading to a delay in the results of tests. Most of these tests are in Gauteng.

Dr. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize revealed in his latest statement that 96 480 samples to be tested for the new coronavirus had not yet been processed in a laboratory by Monday. The backlog in test results also seems to increase with the week.

The Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape are currently awaiting test results in arrears. According to Mkhize, the rest of the provinces have no backlog. According to government data, Gauteng has the most unprocessed tests, with a figure of 24 076, followed by KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, each with 22 802.

A total of 27,403 Covid-19 cases have already been reported in South Africa with 577 Covid-19-related deaths. A total of 20 727 tests have been performed in the past 24 hours, which means that a total of 655 723 tests have already been done.

This is what the number of unprocessed test samples per province looks like:

ProvinceUnprocessed by May 9Unprocessed by May 14Unprocessed by May 21stUnprocessed by May 25
Eastern Cape8 350 7 000 23 00022 802
Free State200 4 300 6 0008 800
Gauteng15 000 13 000 23 00024 076
KwaZulu-Natal12 000 18 00028 00022 802
Western Cape14 00016 63021 00718 000
Total49 55058 930101 00796 480

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