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New screening and testing initiative aimed at fighting COVID-19 underway

31 March 2020 12:54 PM
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Department of Health deputy director-general Dr Yogan Pillay says fieldworkers have been deployed to townships such as Alexandra.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced a major new screening and testing initiative aimed at the fight against COVID-19.

The country's infection rate has reached 1,326, while the virus had claimed three lives so far.

Ramaphosa addressed the nation for the first time since the 21-day national lockdown was announced and said 10,000 field workers will be deployed in a testing and screening drive.

RELATED: Ramaphosa: 3 COVID-19 deaths recorded in SA, with 1,326 cases

Clement Manyathela on the Midday Report chats to Department of Health deputy director-general Dr Yogan Pillay on the government's testing initiatives.

We have already mobilised 5,400 field workers and over the next couple of days we will get up to the 10,000 that the president mentioned. The idea is to go into communities and firstly screen people and we want to start where there are infections, like Alexandra and Khayelitsha.

Dr Yogan Pillay, Deputy director-general - Department of Health

He says when they find someone who screens positive based on symptoms, they will then test that person.

If they test negative they will go back into the community, however if they test positive, we will then quarantine them.

Dr Yogan Pillay, Deputy director-general - Department of Health

Listen below to the full conversation:


31 March 2020 12:54 PM
Tags:
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covid 19 sa
#21dayLockdown
screening and testing

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