Covid-19: Government to roll out nationwide home-based testing

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Photo: South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa

President Ramaphosa says government will in the coming days roll out a large-scale screening, testing, tracing and a medical management programme, to manage the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Ramaphosa was addressing the nation on Monday evening on the latest steps government is taking to combat coronavirus in South Africa during the lockdown period.

“We are now entering a new phase in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 10 000 field workers will be visiting homes in villages, towns and cities to screen residents for COVID-19 symptoms,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

The president further said people with symptoms will be referred to local clinics or mobile clinics for testing meanwile those who are infected with Coronavirus, but who have no or moderate symptoms will remain in isolation at home or at a facility provided by government. Hospitals will cater severe symptoms patients.

The number of infections continues to grow as there are now 1 326 confirmed Coronavirus cases in South Africa.