COVID-19: Professor Karim says antibody tests approved

Promising data on new treatments has been released. Chairperson of the COVID-19 ministerial advisory committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim joins us to tell us about it and other coronavirus-related matters. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The health products regulator has approved rapid antibody tests for COVID-19.

Chairperson of the COVID-19 ministerial advisory committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim says the tests will be available to the public soon.

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"Some of them are laboratory-based tests and others are clinic-based tests. We do not have any home-testing that we are looking at - it is only facility-based," said Karim.

Several doctors have described the tests as a possible "missing weapon" in the fight against the virus.

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The number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 250,687.

According to the Department of Health, 2,057,232 tests have been conducted.

Watch the full interview with Professor Salim Abdool Karim in the video above.

 

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