COVID-19: Western Cape changes testing policy

The Western Cape, the province with the highest number of Covid-19 cases and deaths, has decided to change its testing policy. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Western Cape has decided to change its testing policy.

Residents under the age of 55, who have no underlying health conditions, will no longer be tested.

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Western Cape premier, Alan Winde says the risk-adjusted strategy was adopted due to the backlog and shortage in test kits.

"The risk adjustment is to the public, so we are saying that if you are fit and healthy, let’s try and not waste a test on you unless it is really necessary."

‘Initially what we will do is that we will keep those tests to people who are over 55 and are at risk. We will focus on our elderly and old age homes and people who are at risk,” said Winde.

The province currently has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the country.

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