Home screening for Covid-19 will begin on Monday in the Western Cape as government intensifies its drive to curb the spread of the virus.
On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said government will in the coming days roll out a large-scale screening, testing drive for Covid-19.
President Ramaphosa said close to 10 000 field workers will be visiting homes in villages, towns and cities to screen residents for COVID-19 symptoms.
Using the identified geo-located cases of local transmission in vulnerable and high-risk communities, the Western Cape provincial Health Department will undertake targeted community screening and testing.
Newly appointed provincial Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete said Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha and Klipfontein areas were of greatest concern in the metro.
“Our concern is that we might have community transmission in those areas,” he said.
Cloete said community health workers and NGOs would collectively embark on the community-based screening and testing.
He added that fieldworkers doing the screening and testing would be clearly identified, to avoid scammers taking advantage of the situation.