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Large scale testing is said to be a game-changer in the fight against this invisible enemy – and South Africa is showing signs of vast improvement.
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As South Africa wrestles with the devastating impact of a global health crisis, it’s important for us to take the positives where we can find them. Well, our current testing numbers are already a source of comfort – and things are about to improve even more in this department.
The reason Germany and South Korea have been so successful in limiting the spread of this deadly disease is partly a result of their mass testing programmes. Countries like the US and UK, who were very slow in their initial response, are now seeing higher death rates per capita than other nations on a similar economic footing.
However, health officials in South Africa have been buoyed by what they’ve seen this weekend. Daily testing rates have shot up at a rapid rate, and almost one million citizens have been screened for the illness. Our progress includes the following developments:
This is remarkable progress, it has to be said. But there’s more: SA is set to receive a total of 30 000 cartridges for their geneXpert machines, ramping up our ability to detect the deadly disease.
The benefits of using geneXpert include a high degree of reliability and the swift manner in which they work. Patients will know if they have contracted the illness within an hour of being tested – which would seriously boost Mzansi in its fight against this invisible enemy.
More good news on testing in SA: the geneXpert machines are now validated & have received 10,000 cartridges for testing for coronavirus; 20,000 more are coming. SA is one of few nations in world to receive them. SA has about 180 of the machines; can do test results in 45 minutes.— Geoffrey York (@geoffreyyork) April 18, 2020