A nurse with a swab for a coronavirus test.

A nurse with a swab for a coronavirus take a look at.

  • The Western Cape has a risk-adjusted Covid-19 testing technique within the Cape Town Metro as a result of excessive demand for Covid-19 exams.
  • The next proportion of exams returns a optimistic outcome than it did throughout the peak of the primary wave.
  • The province can also be recording extra energetic instances and hospitalisations than it did throughout the first wave.

While a better proportion of exams at present return optimistic outcomes than throughout the peak of the primary wave, the Western Cape has launched a risk-adjusted Covid-19 testing technique within the Cape Town metro as a result of excessive demand for testing within the province, Western Cape premier Alan Winde introduced on Monday.

This was carried out to make sure that testing is reserved for “situations where there is the most risk”, based on a press release.

The new testing standards for the general public sector within the Cape Metro solely consists of:

  • People with coronavirus signs admitted to hospital;
  • People with coronavirus signs, who reside in giant, teams, confined areas (previous age houses, care houses, prisons and so forth);
  • People with Covid-19 signs and who’re at excessive threat of extreme illness together with these over 45, and people with a number of of the next comorbidities: diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart, kidney, or lung illness, most cancers, TB, and HIV (and usually are not on ARV remedy);
  • Pre-operative testing of asymptomatic sufferers awaiting surgical procedure;
  • Natural deaths at residence, the place coronavirus signs had been skilled earlier than loss of life;
  • All healthcare employees with Covid-19 signs and healthcare employees who’re in quarantine and asymptomatic at day seven (in order that they’ll return to work); and
  • Those who’ve beforehand examined optimistic however have developed new signs ought to solely be examined 90 days after their first PCR take a look at.

In the remainder of the province, anybody experiencing Covid-19 signs can nonetheless be examined.

Over the weekend, the Western Cape surpassed the mark for 1 million Covid-19 exams carried out within the province in each the private and non-private sector because the begin of the pandemic.

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“Testing is an important tool in the management of this virus, but it can never give us a complete picture of the situation. Testing must always go hand in hand with personal responsibility, infection prevention strategies and quarantine and isolation in order to have the most significant impact on slowing the spread of the virus,” stated Winde.

Currently, the proportion of exams that return a optimistic outcome within the province is above 45%.

“This is higher than the proportion recorded during the peak of the first wave and is very concerning to us. “We have additionally recorded extra energetic instances and extra hospitalisations on this second wave,

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