The Department of Health maintains the backlog of tests for Covid-19 stands at around 80,000 nationwide, while there are still nearly 30,000 tests that have already been completed but have insufficient data and cannot be assigned to a province.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement shortly after midnight on Friday morning that a total of 96 480 samples had not yet been processed by May 25 and stood at 101 007 on May 21.
Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape, Limpopo and North West did not experience any backlogs of unprocessed test specimens, the statement said.
Mkhize again pointed out that the backlog is caused by limited availability of test kits around the world, especially for the exploitation of genetic material in a sample.
“This capacity problem is a global challenge. Although samples are collected in communities through the screening campaign, samples taken from health workers and patients in hospital are prioritized. ”
According to Mkhize, suppliers are talking to suppliers worldwide and licenses are issued to solve the shortage of capacity.
By Thursday evening, a total of 655 723 tests had been conducted in the country and 20 727 in the preceding 24 hours.
By Wednesday, however, 29,948 of the tests done had not yet been assigned to a province due to insufficient data.
The state conducted 333,444 (51%) of the tests and the private sector 322,279 (49%).
In the previous 24 hours, the private sector conducted 12 289 (59%) of the tests and the state 8 438 (41%).