Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku unveiled the NHLS mobile testing units on Wednesday.
JOHANNESBURG - The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa now stand at 1,380.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says this number is quite low when compared to the size of the population.
He said 44,202 people have been tested -- largely in private laboratories -- and over 6,000 tests were conducted in public health NHLS.
He said South Africans must be tested in large numbers to obtain a true picture of the spread of the virus and urged anyone with symptoms to come forward.
Mkhize emphatically urged communities to stay at home and take the virus seriously.
He said the department will procure rapid test kits and seek people to test, rather than waiting for people to come to clinics.
The Health Department is also procuring hospital beds and dedicated treatment centres across the country to anticipate hospitalisations due to the virus.
Mkhize said more provisions are needed for people who cannot quarantine at home.
Clinics and hospitals will be giving the department a daily tally of patients.
The minister reminded South Africans that it is the conduct of the communities that will make all the difference in fighting COVID-19.
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