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26 March 2020
We've updated the Coronavirus in South Africa dashboard to show the latest confirmed figures released by the Department of Health. Reported cases have reached 927, up by 218 since yesterday. Gauteng has had the biggest increase and now has 409 confirmed infections.

When we started the Coronavirus dashboard 10 days ago, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) was publishing loads of interesting data on its website daily. We were able to break down reported infections by age and gender, and we knew roughly how many people had caught the virus while travelling overseas and how many had been infected locally. But that all ended on Sunday.

Now official information comes in dribs and drabs, and the best we can hope for is a total number of reported cases and a provincial breakdown – and it's impossible to predict when they will be announced. The Department of Health hasn't posted an update on its website since Monday, so we now rely on our partners in this project, the super-professional health journalists at Bhekisisa, to alert us when official COVID-19 infections information is released. To get some insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes, read Joan van Dyk's story about how trackers are trying to find the people who came into contact with five international religious leader who tested positive at a massive church event in the Free State.

We've made changes to the dashboard to adapt to these data-scarce conditions. Today we've added a chart that shows reported infections in other African countries – South Africa has the highest number at present. It's important to remember that these reported infection numbers only reflect the number of people who have been tested, we have no idea of the exact number of infected people here or anywhere else. 

Scroll down for a quick overview or click here to view the full dashboard.

Quick overview

Total infections: 927
New infections since last update: 218
Total people recovered: no official data has been released
Province with the most reported infections: Gauteng 409 cases (44%), Western Cape 229 cases (24%)
Ages: This data has not been updated since 23 March.
Gender: The data has not been updated since 22 March.
Total number of tests done: 15,529 (last updated 24 March)
• Information on locally transmitted and external infections has not yet been made public since 22 March.

You can view the full, updated dashboard here:

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The Coronavirus in South Africa dashboard and newsletter is a partnership between Media Hack Collective and Bhekisisa. Together we aim to keep you informed with quality news and information about the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa.

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