The Gauteng Department of Health will tighten screening and testing for Covid-19 in the province this week to reach as many people as possible.
Provincial MEC spokesperson Kwara Kekana said more than 1.2 million people were already through the screening process.
“There are four days left before the national seclusion is scaled down to level 4 as part of the risk-adjusted strategy to gradually lift the current seclusion rules,” Kekana said. “Since the large-scale community testing and screening campaign was launched at the beginning of April, 1,298,266 people have already been through the screening process. This is about 8% of the population of Gauteng. Of the persons in the screening process, 13 558 were tested. The province currently has 1 331 positive cases, eight deaths and 868 persons who have already recovered. ”
The campaign targets Monday’s Johannesburg epicenter, Region E. A total of 248 cases have already been reported in the region. The areas covered are Alexandra Proper, Marlboro Industrial Area / Setlwetla, Orange Grove and areas along Louis Botha, Sandringham, Glenhazel, Linksfield, Lyndhurst, Lombardy East, Kew Factories and Lombardy West, Bryanston, Paulshoff, Fourways (up to Witkoppen Road), Sandton Center and taxi ranks, Grayston, Athol Oaklands and vicinity, Riverclub, Parkmore, Sandton neighborhoods, Klipfontein and environs, Modderfontein and Greenstone areas Kya Sands, Bloubosrand and Craigavon.
The groups that will be targeted and tested through the screening process are people with colds, community members older than 60 and those with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, HIV and tuberculosis.