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Are the new mobile COVID-19 testing units ready for testing?

3 April 2020 11:32 AM
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Dr Florette Treurnicht and journalist Kyle Cowen discuss these facilities and how they will fight the spread of the virus.

In an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Wednesday launched mobile sampling and testing units in Sandringham.

RELATED: 'Public should only test for COVID-19 with approved labs and not self test'

South Africans are currently going through a 21-day lockdown to mitigate the spread the virus that has been killing thousands around the world.

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in South Africa stands at 1,462 and five people have died due to the virus.

Eusebius McKaiser speaks to Wits University medical virology head of department Dr Florette Treurnicht and News24 journalist Kyle Cowan about these facilities.

At the moment we are still working at testing around 5,000 specimen per day. The new units are available in the Eastern Cape and in the Western Cape and by next week we will have a better sense of more testing happening.

Dr Florette Treurnicht, Medical virology head of department - Wits University

Cowen says not all the mobile will be able to conduct testing, in fact those that were released are branded vehicles which will conduct screening and sampling.

There will not be any testing actually done on site. The minister launched 60 vehicles, but he is not telling us that these vehicles are not going to be testing people immediately, they are going to be screening and then transporting those samples to the labs.

Kyle Cowen, Journalist - News24

Listen below to the full conversation:


3 April 2020 11:32 AM
Tags:
Zweli Mkhize
testing
Coronavirus
covid
COVID-19 mobile testing units

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