South Africa has recorded over 24000 coronavirus infections and over 500 deaths. Over 12000 of those infected have now recovered. The Western Cape has the highest number of infections at nearly 16000. Courtesy #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has recorded over 24,000 coronavirus infections and over 500 deaths.
Over 12,000 of those infected have now recovered.
The Western Cape has the highest number of infections at nearly 16,000.
Professor Adrian Puren from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases urged caution around rapid testing as they could cause problems due to inaccuracies.
"I'd really be concerned about trying to institute a so-called immune passport scenario in South Africa. I think there are specific settings, perhaps where serology testing may well be useful but those are really under defined conditions.
"For example, outbreaks [where] healthcare workers work," Puren warned against the idea of immunity passports in the country.
Testing has decreased substantially, according to Puren, and he said contact tracing and surveillance is key.
Puren said provincial governments should be focusing on symptomatic cases of the virus.
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