Authorities is to launch a large house-to-house Covid-19 screening marketing campaign within the coming weeks because the struggle in opposition to the lethal virus enters its subsequent part.
The testing programme, which might be carried out by 10 000 discipline employees visiting folks at house, was introduced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday evening in a televised tackle to the nation.
Ramaphosa mentioned that the dying toll from the pandemic had risen to a few, with a complete of 1 326 confirmed instances reported to the command council, which he chairs.
The president mentioned South Africa was now getting into a brand new part within the struggle in opposition to Covid-19 and the federal government can be rolling out a screening, testing, tracing and monitoring programme on a “big scale”.
A complete of 10 000 discipline employees would go to properties across the nation scanning folks for Covid-19 signs. These discovered to have signs can be referred to clinics for testing. Individuals with average signs can be handled at house or at Covid-19 services, whereas these with severe signs can be transferred to hospitals.
Ramaphosa mentioned a cell tracing system to trace those that had come into contact with contaminated folks and to observe new instances can be arrange, whereas various cell testing centres can be arrange throughout April.
Turning to the 21-day lockdown imposed from final Friday, Ramaphosa mentioned it was “completely crucial to avoid wasting the lives of hundreds, even tens of hundreds, of our folks”.
He mentioned whereas most individuals had co-operated with the 18 000 safety personnel deployed to implement the lockdown, some had nonetheless not understood the severity of the risk posed by the virus.
He conceded that “errors” had been made in how the lockdown had been applied, however that the system can be improved as time went on.
Ramaphosa known as on folks to remain of their properties for the subsequent 17 days and to “do all the pieces you can’t to get contaminated and never infect anybody else”.
“Each time you violate rules or attempt to get across the guidelines you’re placing yourselves and others in danger and serving to to unfold the virus,” he mentioned.
He added that the federal government would take additional steps to help small companies and self employed individuals who have been dropping their incomes.