South African Red Cross Society helping government with COVID-19 contact tracing
As South Africans enter day on of the 21-day lockdown, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are sitting at 927.
Last week, the Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize announced that the Red Cross will assist government in tracing 285 church members to avoid spreading the novel virus in the Free State.
In KwaZulu-Natal, the government is looking for 27 people who came into contact with a salon owner who tested positive.
Bongani Bingwa chats to South African Red Cross Society contact tracer George Mamabolo to give more insight on contact tracing.
Those that are involved in contact tracing are volunteers of the society and the Red Cross gets its experience from its work around the world to train contact tracers.George Mamabolo, Contact tracer - Red Cross Society
They are trained by the Red Cross but are also guided by the policies and protocols of the department of health, he adds.
Contact tracing entails identifying a person who has been in contact someone who tested positive. The person then gets screened and then we identify who they have been in contact with, if they test positive.George Mamabolo, Contact tracer - Red Cross Society
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