COVID-19: Health officials ramp up mass testing in Gauteng

File: Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku and his wife have been implicated in the Gauteng multi-million rand PPE tender controversy. eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng government says it is ramping up public testing for COVID-19.

Gauteng still has the highest number of infections, in the country, now standing at 1170 cases.

Nearly 600 people have recovered so far.

READ: Ekurhuleni authorities visit COVID-19 outbreak sites 

Earlier on Tuesday, Health MEC Bandile Masuku, visited a mass testing site in Lenasia South.

Graeme Raubenheimer was there and heard from some residents, complaining about a lack of food donations.

Health officials say Lenasia South is home, to many vulnerable residents, including the elderly, and those with HIV / Aids who need to be prioritised for COVID-19 testing.

READ: Gauteng COVID-19 centre to open next week 

Some of the locals standing in line say they’re about to be tested on an empty stomach and residents say food is what they need. They're pleading for assistance.

MEC Masuku has promised to help the locals and says right now the race is on, to test as many communities as possible.

Masuku said, “the minister spoke about ramping up the numbers. That’s why we are here, to ramp up the numbers, so it’s important we won’t get to a point where we’re satisfied with the testing, we still have to test more people, particularly those who are high risk, those who are more vulnerable, before we start to do general testing,”

Masuku says their work in the area includes home visits, which involve testing for TB, HIV, and hypertension.

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