Vaal motorists travelling to/from Gauteng in December could face roadside COVID-19 testing

VAAL TRIANGLE - Vaal Triangle and other motorists planning to travel to and/or from Gauteng during the festive season may be subjected to COVID-19 screening and rapid antigen tests – where resources allow – on South Africa’s roads. Spokesperson for the MEC of Health in the province, Kwara Kekana, says the Gauteng Provincial Government is concerned about travellers returning from hotspots areas and how this could result in an increased infection rate in Gauteng. Kekana says there will be heightened surveillance all over the place as well as aggressive health promotion and communications activities that talk to this concern. Part of this Resurgence Mitigation Plan will include, where feasible, screening and testing at roadblocks on key access routes into Gauteng. Kekana says the usual screenings for temperature and the basic symptoms of Covid-19, such as fever, cough, sore throat, generalised body weakness, loss of taste and smell, difficulty in breathing will also be included. The Gauteng Health Department has also suggested the use of rapid antigen tests – which generally produce a result within 15 minutes – where those resources are available and most needed. Alternatively, those displaying symptoms will undergo a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal PCR swab test.

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