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The World Health Organisation (WHO) was informed about a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown aetiology in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China on 31 December 2019. On the 7th of January 2020, a Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the causative virus by the Chinese authorities.

The Novel Coronavirus is formally named SARS-CoV-2. The disease caused by the virus is now referred to as COVID-19.

Page Index

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  1. Basic Information
  2. Where can I get Tested?
  3. What are the basic protective measures?
  4. Global Cases
  5. Lancet Laboratories Specific Information
  6. What does the NPG say?
  7. I want to download the Lancet Labs Mobile App

Basic information

Who should be tested

Testing for now, even in private labs will be prioritised for individuals that fulfill epidemiological and clinical case definitions and only if referred by a doctor.

Due to critical reagent shortages, COVID19 (SARS-CoV-2) testing will be restricted to patients with travel to areas where there has been sustained person to person transmission with in the last 14 days and seriously ill or hospitalised with severe pneumonia, or cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or measured fever of  38 °C. Testing will also be reserved for health care workers who attended patients with confirmed COVID19 (SARS-CoV-2) tests.

Common Signs and Symptoms

Common signs and symptoms reported include fever, cough, shortness of breath and other respiratory complaints. Severe infections have been reported and these have resulted in severe acute respiratory syndrome, renal failure and even death.

Case definition for suspected infection with 2019-nCoV

We advise that testing be guided by the WHO case definition of a suspect case in order to ensure sustainable allocation of testing reagents:

  • A patient with acute respiratory illness (fever and at least one sign/symptom of respiratory disease (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) AND with no other aetiology that fully explains the clinical presentation AND a history of travel to or residence in a country/area or territory reporting local transmission of COVID-19 disease during the 14 days prior to symptom onset. (Visit the WHO website for daily situation reports of countries affected; available at:; OR
  • A patient with any acute respiratory illness AND having been in contact* with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case in the last 14 days prior to onset of symptoms; OR
  • A patient with severe acute respiratory infection (fever and at least one sign/symptom of respiratory disease e.g., cough, shortness breath) AND requiring hospitalisation AND with no other aetiology that fully explains the clinical presentation.
    • Contact is a person involved in any of the following:
      Providing direct care without proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to a patient with COVID-19;
    • Staying in the same close environment as a person with COVID-19 (including workplace, classroom, household, gatherings);
    • Travelling together in close proximity (1 m) with a person with COVID-19 in any kind of conveyance in the 14
      days prior to symptom onset.
Turnaround time

48 hours from time of receipt in the molecular laboratory in Johannesburg

Where can i get tested?

This list is dated 8 October 2020

Western Cape
AreaAddressContact DetailsOperating Hours
Century CitySmartsurv House, Century City, Cape Town(021)673-1700Mon-Fri: 08h30-16h00
Vergelegen MediclinicSomerset West: Arun Place  (Next to Vergeleen Mediclinic), Block 6, unit F(021)673-1700Mon-Fri: 09h00-16h00
Harbour Bay Depot Simonstown1st Floor, Room 4 Harbour Bay Medical Centre(021)786-9508Mon-Fri: 09h00-16h00
AreaAddressContact DetailsOperating Hours
Alberton 60 Clinton Road, Alberton(011)907-1657/8Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat, 08:00-13h00
Atterbury *Drive through site*Atterbury Value Mart, Atterbury road , Faerie Glen, Pretoria(012)483-0100Mon–Fri: 08:00-16:00, Sat 09h00-12h00. Closed on Public Holidays
BotshelongNo 9 Sam Sekoati avenue EXT9 Vosloorus 1475(011)8633331/(011)8631048Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat 08:00-13:00
Bromhof DepotCorner Ostrich and Hawken Roads, Bromhof, Johannesburg(011)791-6398Mon-Fri: 08h00-14h00
Clinix Dr SK Matseke Memorial Hospital *Drive through site*Cnr Immink Drive and, Chris Hani Rd, Diepkloof Zone 6,(011)938-1075Mon–Fri: 08h00-16h00, Sat: 08h00-13h00
Cosmo City Depot82 South Africa Drive, Cosmo City, Randburg(011)024-0500Mon-Fri: 09h00-15h00
FinTech CampusCnr Ilanga and Botterklapper road, The Willows, Gauteng 0081
062 338 7965Mon–Fri: 08:00 – 17:00
Garden City 35 Bartlett Road, Garden City Clinic, Mayfair West, 2092
(011)4955275Mon-Fri: 08:00-16:00, Sat: 08:00-13:00
Glynnwood Hospital *Drive through site*34 Harrison street, Benoni(011)421-8423Mon-Fri: 08h00-16h30
Heidelberg 70 Begeman street -Dr Machaba practice - Corner Mare & Begeman street(076)671-2036Mon-Fri: 08h00-16h00
Honeydew Village Centre DepotC/O John Vorster & Christiaan, De Wet Roads, Rooderpoort(011)675-0536Mon-Fri: 07:00-18:00, Sat 07:00-12:00
Intercare Hendrick PotgieterCorner Hendrik Potgieter & Nic Diederichs Rd(011)358-0800Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h00, Sat: 08h00-13h00
Intercare Northriding Intercare Northlands cnr shopping centre, cnr witkoppen road and new market street, northriding.(011)704-2142Mon-Fri: 08h00-15h00
Krugersdorp Lab3 Boshoff Street, Krugersdorp(011)668-8349Mon-Fri: 08H00-17H00; SAT/SUN/PH – 08H00-13H00
Lancet Labs BedfordviewAt the back of Life Bedford Gardens Casualty on Bradford Road(011)607-9900Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Lancet Labs Corner depot, Block F Block F , Cnr Napier and Menton rds, Richmond , Johannesburg(011)358-0800Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat 08:00-13:00
Lenmed Randfontein Private Hospital LabWard Road, Randfontein(087)087-2691Mon-Fri: 07h00-16h00
Life Dalview HospitalHouse No 1 Life Dalview Hospital, Hendrik Potgieter Road, Dalview, Brakpan(011)744-016624 Hours
Life Springs Parkland Medical Suites Artemis Road, Pollak Park, Springs(011)362-3678Mon-Fri: 08h00-16h45
Lister Building195 Jeppe St 14th Floor(011)337-2021/(011)333-7019Mon-Fri: 08h00-13h00
Mayo Clinic 4Corner William Nicol and Joseph Lister, Floracliffe, Florida(011)671-8717Mon-Fri: 07h00-16h00
Mediclinic Sandton (parking lot) cnr Peter Place and Main Rd, Bryanston(011)549-3780Mon-Sun: 07:00-17:00
Miller House 4 Parklane Avenue, Brenthurst Clinic, (Opposite Brenthurst Clinic), Parktown(011)351-6470/(011)647-9053Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Oberholzer Depot *Drive through site*54 Van Zijl Smit Street, Oberholzer, Carletonville(018)787-3879Mon-Thu: 08h00-15h00, Fri, 08h00 to 15h00
Park Rand depot Palm Springs Building, 42 van Wyk Louw Drive, Parkrand, Boksburg, 1459(011)896-5518Mon-Fri: 08:00-17:00
Pretoria - Eugene Marais 667 5th Avenue, Les Marais, Pretoria(012)404-086024 Hours
Pretoria - Pencardia Pencardia 1 Building, 1st Floor, 509 Pretorius St, Arcadia, Pretoria (012)483-010024 Hours
Pretoria - Saxby *Drive through site*58 Henri Road, Eldoraigne, Centurion (012)384-2151Mon-Fri: 08h00-16h00
Robertsham (Card Payments Only - No Cash Payments) 82 Benson St Cnr Bently St (011)680-8237Mon-Fri: 07h00-12h00
Rochester Place walk-in depot173 Rivonia Road, Morningside, Sandton, Rochester Place, Office Block (Patients for blood requests, kindly use ROCHESTER BLOCK B 08:00-16:00 and the Hospital) Depot 07:00-19:00)(011)358-0800Mon-Fri: 09h00-16h00
RoseacresCnr Castor and St Joseph Street, Symhurst, Primrose, Germiston(011)822-0360Mon - Fri: 08h00 - 17h00, Sat:08h00 - 13h00
Rosebank Lancet Labs *Drive through site*8 Sturdee Avenue(011)277-4060Mon-Fri, 08h00–17h00
Vereeniging 46 Rhodes Ave, Vereeniging (016)421-1207Mon-Fri: 08h00-18h00 and Sat, Sun & PH 08:00-13h00
Wilgeheuwel Lab Amplifier Road, Radiokop, Wilgeheuwel Hospital, Suite 6B First Floor, Block C(011)699-198024 Hours
Wilgers Depot Wilgers Life Hospital Test are done at Suite 6, Doctors Consulting Rooms, Wilgers Depot, Denneboom Avenue, The Willows.(012)807-950024 Hours
Witpoortjie Depot 28 McGrath Street, Witpoortjie, Rooderpoort(011)762-1377Mon-Fri: 08h00-16h00, Sat 07h00-12h00
AreaAddressContact DetailsOperating Hours
Giyani DepotOffice no. 6, Behezenhud Complex, Giyani main Road, Next to Autogen Panelbeaters(015)812-5059Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h30, Sat 09h00-13h00
GroblersdalShop 6 Tautes Avenue, Grobersdal(013)262-2053Mon-Fri: 08h00–17h00
LephalaleCorner Joe Slovo and Drif Street, Shop L 2 Sunset Point Plaza(014)763-1241Mon-Fri: 08h00–16h00, Sat 08h00-11h00
Makumeke Lab42A Mxladzhi Valley, Makumeke, Maluleke(015)851-6075Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Mokopane97 Ruiter Street, Mokopane(015)491-1265Mon-Fri: 08h00–13h00
Phalaborwa71 Sealene Street, Phalaborwa(015)781-6238Mon to Fri: 07h00-17h30, Sat 08h00-13h00.
Polokwane *Drive through site*44A Grobler street, Polokwane Central(015)294-0400Mon-Sun:08:00–17:00
Thabazimbi13th Avenue Carpe Diem Centre(014)772-1448Mon-Fri: 08h00–16h00, Sat 08h00-11h00
ThohoyandouCorner Mpehephu & Mvusuludzo near Cash build(015)962-3160Mon to Fri: 07h00-17h30, Sat 08h30-14h30
Tzaneen71 Wolksberg Road, Ivory Tusk Lodge(015)307-484924 Hours
Free State
AreaAddressContact DetailsOperating Hours
WelkomLategan street 30, Welkom(057)352-1721/(051)410-4080 for appointment.Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Westdene *Drive through site*President Steyn 66, Westdene, Bloemfontein(051)410-1700Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat-Sun 08h00-13h00
Northern Cape
AreaAddressContact DetailsOperating Hours
Kimberley39 Mac Dougall St, El Toro Park, Kimberley(053)836-4460 for an appointmentMon-Fri: 08h00–17h00
AreaAddressContact DetailsOperating Hours
Burgersfort LabOffice 2, Ground Floor, Maphutha Ditshaba building, c/o Church & Eddie Sedibe str, Burgersfort, 1150(013)231-7667Mon-Fri: 07:00-16:00
Ermelo (Site Closed Until Further Noticed)Pine Centre Building, 17 & 18 Dejager street, shop number 8(017)8111445Mon-Fri: 08h00-17:00
Kriel depot Kriel Medical Centre Bokmakierie street
(017)648-2301Mon-Fri: 08h00 - 17h00, Sat 07h00–12h00
Malalane DepotMalalane Depot, 20 Air street, Office 6, Malalane(013)790-0025Mon–Fri: 08h00–17h00
Middelburg Lab *Drive through site*Midmed Hospital Building, Entrance Joubert Street, Middelburg(013)282-5595Mon-Fri: 07h00-16:00, Sat-Sun: 08h00-12h00
Nelspruit Urgent CareUnit 10C, Sonmed Suites, Corner of Madiba Drive & Piet Retief St, Sonheuwel(013)745-9000Mon–Sat: 08h00–19h00, Sun 10h00–19h00
SonparkCorner of Madiba Drive and Piet Retief street, Nelspruit(013)745-9000Mon-Fri: 08h00–16h00
Standerton depot Cnr Kerk & Princess, Central Park number 5, Standerton(017)712-3749Mon-Fri: 10h00 - 15h00, Sat 08h00–10h00
Trichardt Lab *Drive through site*2nd floor room 210 Barney Molokwane Street, Trichardt(017)638-0862Mon-Sun: 10h00-15h00, Sat 08:00-12:00 (Pre-admissions 12:00-15:00) Sun (Only Pre-admissions are tested)
Witbank Lab - Cosmos *Drive through site*Life Cosmos Hospital, Corner O.R Tambo Drive & Beatty Street, Witbank(013)697-6449/6451Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Witrivier Depot30 Allie van Bergen, Witrivier(013)750-1237Mon-Fri :08h00–17h00, Sat appointment only.
North West
AreaAddressContact DetailsOperating Hours
Brits1 Church Street, Brits, 0250(012)252-0308Mon–Fri: 08h00–16h00, Sat:08h00-11h00
PotchefstroomCachet Park Depot, Shop 24 Cnr Steve Biko & Meyer Street, Potchefstroom(018)293-8260/1Mon–Fri: 07h00-16h00, Sat: 08h00-13h00
Rustenburg Main Laboratory102 Kock Street, Rustenburg(014)597-8500Mon–Fri: 07h00–18h00, Sat:08h00-12h00
Kwa-Zulu Natal
AreaAddressContact DetailsOperating Hours
Alberlito HospitalKirsty Close, Ballito, Upper Parking Lot - Appointment only(032)9461475/(083)4336089 - Medical Aid & Card Payments Only. No cash will be acceptedMon-Fri: 08:30–15:30, Sat: 08:30–12:30
Durban Central *Drive through site*73 Carlisle Street, Durban(031)308-6521 - (031)308-6655Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat: 08h00-13h00
Gladtidings Fellowship *Drive through site*48 Galaxy Place (opposite the Woodhurst library), Woodhurst , Chatsworth(031402-8500Mon-Fri: 08:30–15:30, Sat, 08:30–11:30
LadysmithLaverna House (opposite Laverna Hospital), 1 Convent Road, Ladysmith(036)631-1142Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat: 08h00-13h00
Newcastle 77 Harding Street, Newcastle(034)317-1070Mon-Fri: 10h00-16h00, Sat: 10h00-12h00
Phoenix, Bethsaida Church *Drive through Site*Faith Revival Church, Heroncroft Drive, Longcroft, Phoenix(031)538-6460Mon–Fri: 08:00-14:00, Sat: 08:30-11:00
PMB MidlandsMidlands medical centre, 162-166 Masukwana Street, PMB(033)264-4340Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat: 08h00-13h00
South Coast - Shelly Beach *Drive through site*Grace Medical Street, Bugle Road, Shelly Beach(039)682-0117Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat: 08h00-13h00
Stanger Shop 5, OK Mall, Stanger(032)552-1675Mon–Fri: 09h00-15h00, Sat: 09h00–12h00
The Dome, DCC Church *Drive through site*Gate 9, 39 Garth Road,Mayville(031)275-4260Mon–Fri: 08h00-16h00, Sat: 08h30-13h00
Umhlanga *Drive through site*Grace Family Church – Umhlanga Campus, 400 Umhlanga Rocks Drive , Umhlanga Rocks-(By appointment only)(031)584-0760 Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat: 08h00–12h00

Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease)

The recommendations on this web page are based on those of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Click here to view the WHO website. 

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus according to the WHO:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University:

To view the interactive map, click here

Lancet Laboratories specific information