Mass COVID-19 testing takes place in Alexandra

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng government has started testing residents of Stjwetla in Alexandra for COVID-19.

A resident in the township tested positive for the virus and now the Department of Health is trying to trace everyone who has come into contact with him.

Stjwetla, like many other parts of Alexandra, would be fertile ground for the coronavirus as contact with others is almost unavoidable.

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People share many essential resources including toilets and water.

The man was meant to self-isolate, but instead continued life as usual and went as far as travelling out of the province to his home in Limpopo.

Nyoki Mabasa is the man's neighbour. She said residents have no idea when he tested positive.

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Mabasa said, "we were living with him, we shared the same toilet as him, we shared the same tap. But I pray God will be with us and we will test negative."

The Gauteng provincial government has come in to test residents, as part of tracking down those who may have been in contact with the man.  

Premier David Makhura says those who test positive will have to go into quarantine at a different location.

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