South Africa has virus testing backlog of nearly 100,000

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says it has a backlog of nearly 100,000 unprocessed tests for the coronavirus. It’s a striking example of the painful shortage of testing materials across Africa as cases steadily rise. Shortages of testing materials, protective gear and other medical items have jolted African authorities into facing uncomfortable truths. Richer countries are elbowing them out in the race to obtain crucial supplies, and the continent relies almost entirely on imports for drugs and other medical items. “We have to have Made in Africa products,” the director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.