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City of Joburg aims to have over 70 COVID-19 testing sites

Geoff Makhubo

Johannesburg mayor Geoff Makhubo on Tuesday said officials were working to have more than 70 coronavirus testing sites in the city.

With over 1,600 cases in South Africa, concerns are mounting that the rate of infections could skyrocket.

It’s a race against time as the country ramps up efforts to clamp down on the spread of COVID-19.

The World Health Organization has long advised that the most effective way to respond to the pandemic is to test as many suspected cases as possible.

Makhubo said they would pay special attention to those showing symptoms.

“In the Johannesburg area, we’ve got 21 testing sites – 14 are city facilities and nine are provincial facilities and we’re hoping to increase the number of our city clinics to 79 to be testing sites. Screening would happen and if you’re showing signs, you’ll get tested at a particular site.”

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Source: EWN