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The backlogs, denials and future of testing Covid-19

The National Health Laboratory Services finally admitted to a bottleneck last week, after denying there were any issues since April. According to the service, the backlog of 80 000 tests started in the first week of May

The inevitable rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths: What the numbers mean

About 20 people in South Africa die each day from the coronavirus, and this number may peak at 300, while positive cases may reach 8 000 a day, according to some projections

Covid-19: Why buying time was vital

100 000 tests. 600 000 people screened. And an increase in daily tests to 30 000 — inside what the state is doing with the time the lockdown bought

Timeline: Ramping up coronavirus testing

South Africa’s Covid-19 testing team has ramped tests up, with 3 500 conducted on Sunday alone

M&G’s latest Covid-19 projections

Covid-19 numbers are prompting disaster declarations and dramatic action across South Africa this week. All steps should be directed by numbers

The M&G’s projection on Covid-19 infections on Monday 16 March

At this rate of infection, with 5% of all cases needing intensive care, the country won’t have enough emergency hospital beds by the end of this month

665 to 12-million infected: The possible SA coronavirus numbers

If nothing changes and infections continue to increase at the current rate, South African healthcare facilities could be further overwhelmed

Democracy will flounder sans Stats SA

As the government bails out state-owned entities, it is leaving a hole in the budget of the agency tasked with telling us what South Africa looks like — one that is crucial to government decisions

Graphic: 2020 estimates of national expenditure

See how much each department has been given as their slice of the pie by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Bad workplaces, longer strikes

Strikes over poor working conditions have intensified over the past four years, the recently-released Industrial Action Report for 2018 reveals. From 2014 to 2018, the...

What did you get after Ramaphosa sliced the pie at Sona 2020?

The Mail & Guardian Data Desk has compiled a graphic which puts numbers to the words of President Cyril Ramaphosa after he delivered his state of the nations address

The grim reality of education: The poor get poorer schooling

Attention has been given to democratic South Africa’s first matric pass rate of more than 80%, but the reality is that schools with a 0% pass rate still exist

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