Today the 30th of March 2020, Day 4 of the National Lockdown. The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa announced that 10 000 field workers will visit homes across the country to screen citizens with Covid-19 symptoms.

With 17 days to go before the lockdown possibly ends. Ramaphosa said that South Africa is entering a new phase in the fight against the pandemic. In the coming days, government will be rolling out a screening, testing, tracing and medical management programme on a huge scale.

“Around 10,000 field workers will be visiting homes in villages, towns and cities to screen residents for COVID-19 symptoms. People with symptoms will be referred to local clinics or mobile clinics for testing. People who are infected with coronavirus, but who have no or moderate symptoms will remain in isolation at home or at a facility provided by government and those with severe symptoms will be transferred to hospitals.” said Ramaphosa in the televised address.

The drive will be far-reaching, intensive and unprecedented in scale. The President further announced that confirmed coronavirus cases are now at 1,326. South Africans are urged to continue following the national lockdown regulations.

President Cyril Ramaphosa called on each and every South African to stay at home for the next 17 days . During the lockdown the only people who can go to work are health workers, security and emergency personnel, those who distribute food, medicine and basic goods and other providers of essential services as defined in the regulations.

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