Western Cape Prime Minister Alan Winde said he welcomed the steps taken to reduce the backlog of testing in the Western Cape.
“At one point, 27,000 tests from the Western Cape were stuck in a bottleneck and the province had to apply a risk-adjusted testing strategy to make sure that those who are at greatest risk and need testing are prioritized,” Winde said explained. “The backlog has now been significantly reduced and stood at around 3 700 tests on Wednesday. We expect it to be fully resolved over the next few days. ”
Winde said he is aware that there is a worldwide demand for test kits and reagents and availability of the stock is not clear. “We will therefore continue to monitor the situation and determine whether the increased capacity is sustainable and ensure that a new backlog does not form before a decision is made to change our testing strategy again.”
Widespread testing is an important tool to monitor, understand and manage the pandemic, Winde said. “It is also extremely important that these results are received as quickly as possible, especially for health workers, those in hospitals and vulnerable groups. That is why we prioritized these groups. “
Until all systems run smoothly and the province can do more testing, the Western Cape government is advising anyone under 55, who may be experiencing symptoms, to act as if they have tested positive for Covid-19. “This includes self-isolating for a period of 14 days. During this period, you must stay at home and separate yourself from other people in the home. If you are unable to do so, contact us on 021 928 4102 so you can be referred to an isolation or quarantine facility. “