On Thursday Western Cape Premier Alan Winde announced that the province will be expanding their Covid-19 testing criteria to include anyone from the Cape Metro or rural regions who is symptomatic.
The testing criteria now include:
- All people with coronavirus symptoms
- Pre-operative testing of coronavirus asymptomatic patients awaiting surgery
- Natural deaths occurring at home when the deceased displayed coronavirus symptoms.
- Health Care Workers
- Persons who previously tested positive, but have developed new symptoms (90 days after their first test)
The provincial government says that the new expanded criteria will assist with accurate tracking and management of infections.
Winde said that while more tests have been conducted, the average positive result rate has remained below 10%. He added that along with other indicators, including the number of deaths, hospitalizations and oxygen consumption, it can be seen that infections in the province are still decreasing.
The province has reported a total of 111 321 positive cases, 4 240 deaths and 104 839 recoveries.