'Public should only test for COVID-19 with approved labs and not self test'
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Solidarity Trial South African arm co-chairperson professor Helen Rees says the best way South Africa can assess where it is in its fight against COVID-19, is to continue to test and do surveillance
She says the country also needs to find out who has the acute infection and over time to find out who has had the infection in the community.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Wednesday announced a total of 1,380 COVID-19 cases in the country an increase of 27 from Tuesday's figure.
She joins Bongani Bingwa on the country's response to the pandemic.
The more we test, the more we will understand where the hotspots of the outbreak are and the more we can intervene and focus in an appropriate way. And the more we can continuously adjust our response according to the evolution of the outbreak.Professor Helen Rees, Co-chairperson - WHO Solidarity Trial South African arm
WHO is looking at the evidence that is out in the world concerning the outbreak and it is continuously looking at what might work for treatment and what might work for prevention, she says.
As new evidence about the outbreak comes in, WHO will adjust and tell us to do different things. Something like face masks are helpful for people in the frontline should wear face masks and when you have the virus you should wear the mask. However, what about everyone else in public spaces? I think we will hear guidance coming from the WHO.Professor Helen Rees, Co-chairperson - WHO Solidarity Trial South African arm
She says the message from government is to flatten the curve as the country will not cope if it receives steep increases in infections.
We appeal to the public to only test with approved laboratories for COVID-19 and not to self test.Professor Helen Rees, Co-chairperson - WHO Solidarity Trial South African arm
Listen below to the full conversation:
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