South Africa Ramps Up Coronavirus Screening As Cases Rise

 South Africa Ramps Up Coronavirus Screening As Cases Rise

South Africa is ramping up its Coronavirus screening and testing programmes, as the number of cases in the country rise to 2,272.

Officials who disclosed this on Monday, April 13, 2020, noted that the Country with the most recorded cases on the continent launched a public mobile mass screening and quarantine campaign just under two weeks ago.

An official report showed that it has trebled the number of field workers despatched to homes in villages, towns and cities across the country from 10,000 to around more than 28,000.

Channels TV noted that more than 400,000 people have been screened since the teams of field workers were deployed, and in all, 83,663 people have been tested since the virus was first detected on March 5, 2020.

The Health Minister, Mr Zweli Mkhize said an additional 99 people tested positive on Monday, taking the total to 2,272, as the number of deaths remains relatively low with 27 fatalities recorded so far.

One of the Government infectious disease Scientist, Salim Abdool Karim, said the country will also launch Surveillance Schemes targeting Schools, Mines, Prisons and big Companies.

Although South Africa has seen a steady rise in the number of confirmed cases, it remains under the global curve for infections and deaths.

Karim said even with more tests being conducted the numbers of infections have plateaued, especially since the lockdown imposed on March 27, 2020, he, however, warned that the Country was likely to see an “exponential spread” of the disease.

He attributed the slow down in numbers to the lockdown and the mass screening and testing of people before they call in sick at Hospitals.

“We have chosen to be proactive, to go out there and do active case finding. We are going to the community, we are going to find them before they go into the Hospital and only South Africa has done that,” he said.


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