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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

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

Where can i get tested?

This list is dated 26 May 2020

We have extended our COVID-19 testing sites to certain Dis-Chem facilities. To view the Dis-Chem dedicated COVID-19 testing sites visit their website by clicking here

Western Cape
Pinelands Cape Town Old Mutual Golf Club, Mupine, Forest Drive Ext. Pinelands (072)065-4869 Mon-Fri: 09h00-16h00
Century City Smartsurv House, Century City, Cape Town (021)673-1700 Mon-Fri: 09h00-16h00
Rochester Place *Drive through site* 173 Rivonia Road, Morningside, Sandton, Rochester Place, Office Block   Mon-Fri: 09h00-15h00
Alberton *Drive through site* 60 Clinton Road, Alberton (011)907-1657/8 Mon-Fri: 08h00-18h00 and Sat ,Sun & PH 08:00-13h00
Lancet Labs Corner depot, Block F *Drive through site* Block F , Cnr Napier and Menton rds, Richmond , Johannesburg   Mon-Fri: 07h00-19h00, Sat 07:00-13:00
Vereeniging  46 Rhodes Ave, Vereeniging   Mon-Fri: 08h00-18h00 and Sat ,Sun & PH 08:00-13h00
Pretoria – Pencardia  Pencardia 1 Building, 1st Floor, 509 Pretorius St, Arcadia, Pretoria  (012)483-0100 24 Hours
Pretoria – Eugene Marais *Drive through site* 663 5th Avenue, Les Marais, Pretoria (012)404-0860 24 Hours
Clinix Dr SK Matseke Memorial Hospital  Cnr Immink Drive and, Chris Hani Rd, Diepkloof Zone 6, (011)938-1075 Mon–Fri: 08h00-18h00, Sat & Sun: 08h00-13h00
Wilgeheuwel Lab  Amplifier Road, Radiokop, Wilgeheuwel Hospital, Suite 6B First Floor, Block C (011)699-1980 24 Hours
Johannesburg Eye Clinic Corner Beyers Naude & Waygh Street, Northcliff (011)782-0635   Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h00, Sat 08h00-13h00
Intercare Hendrick Potgieter Corner Hendrik Potgieter & Nic Diederichs Rd (011)358-0800 Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h00, Sat, 08h00-13h00
Bromhof Depot Corner Ostrich and Hawken Roads, Bromhof, Johannesburg (011)791-6398 Mon-Fri: 08h00-14h00 
Cosmo City Depot 82 South Africa Drive, Cosmo City, Randburg (011)024-0500 Mon-Fri: 09h00-15h00 
Mondeor Rooms Mondeor Depot 274 Columbine Rd (011)680-5684 Mon-Fri: 08h00 – 16h00, Sat 08h00-13h00
Dr Susan Lasia Miller  94 Green Avenue, Edleen, Kempton Park (011)975-0631 Mon-Sun: 08h00-17h00
Rosebank Lancet Labs 8 Sturdee Avenue  (011)277-4060 Mon-Sun: 07h00-19h00
Centurion – Saxby *Drive through site* 58 Henri Road, Eldoraigne, Centurion  (012)384-2151 Mon-Fri: 08h00 – 16h00
Bell Street Depot *Drive through site* Cnr. Shannon and Bell Street, Noordheuwel, Krugersdorp (011)954-1503 Mon-Fri: 07h30–16h30, Sat 08h00-13h00
Oberholzer Depot *Drive through site* 54 Van Zijl Smit Street, Oberholzer, Carletonville (018)787-3879 Mon-Thu: 08h00-15h00, Fri:08h00 to 15h00 
Intercare Northriding   Intercare Northlands cnr shopping centre, cnr witkoppen road and new market street, northriding. (011)704-2142 Mon-Fri: 08h00-15h00
Lancet Labs Bedfordview *Drive through site* At the back of Life Bedford Gardens Casualty on Bradford Road   Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Lancet Labs Brenthurst No 4 Parklane Avenue, Brenthurst Clinic, Parktown (011)351-6470 Mon-Sun: 07h00-19h00
Miller House  4 Parklane Avenue, Brenthurst Clinic, (Opposite Brenthurst Clinic), Parktown (011)351-6470/(011)647-9053 Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Atterbury *Drive through site* Atterbury Value Mart, Atterbury road , Faerie Glen, Pretoria (012)483-0100 Mon–Fri: 09h00–16h00, Sat 09h00-12h00
Robertsham   82 Benson St Cnr Bently St  (011)6808237 Mon-Fri: 07h00-16h00 
Lister Building 195 Jeppe St 14th Floor   Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat 08h00-13h00
Mayo Clinic 4 Corner William Nicol and Joseph Lister, Floracliffe, Florida (011)671-8717 Mon-Fri: 07h00-16h00
Dalview Hospital 1 Hendrik Potgieter Rd, Dalview, Brakpan   24 hrs 
Glynnwood Hospital *Drive through site* 34 Harrison  street, Benoni (011)421-8423 Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Krugersdorp Lab, *Drive Through site* 3 Boshoff Street, Krugersdorp (011)668-8349 Mon-Sun: 08h00-17h00 
Medgate Depot Medgate Medical Centre, Room 33, Kingfisher Road (011)768-1011  Mon-Fri: 08h00 – 14h00
Life Springs Parkland Medical Suites Artemis Road, Pollak Park, Springs (011)362-3678 Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Lenmed Randfontein Private Hospital Lab Ward Road, Randfontein (087)087-2691 Mon-Fri: 07h00 – 16h00
Heidelberg  70 Begeman street -Dr Machaba practice – Corner Mare & Begeman street (076)671-2036 Mon-Fri: 08h00-16h00
DGMC pre admissions 15 Eton Rd Profmed place access will be through the shared pedestrian gate between 17 Eton Rd & the Profmed building.   Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Lephalale Corner Joe Slovo and Drif Street, Shop L 2 Sunset Point Plaza (014)763-1241 Mon-Fri: 08h00–16h00, Sat 08h00-11h00
Thabazimbi 13th Avenue Carpe Diem Centre (014)772-1448 Mon-Fri: 08h00–17h00, Sat 08h00-12h00
Polokwane *Drive through site* 44A Grobler street, Polokwane Central (015)294-0400 24 hours
Tzaneen 71 Wolksberg Road, Ivory Tusk Lodge (015)307-4849 24 Hours
Thohoyandou Corner Mpehephu & Mvusuludzo near Cash build (015)962-3160 Mon to Fri: 07h00-17h30, Sat: 08h30-14h30
Phalaborwa 71 Sealene Street, Phalaborwa (015)781-6238 Mon to Fri: 07h00-17h30, Sat: 08h00-13h00.
Mokopane 97 Ruiter Street, Mokopane (015)491-1265 Mon-Fri: 08h00–13h00 
Groblersdal Shop 6 Tautes Avenue, Grobersdal (013)262-2053 Mon-Fri: 08h00 – 17h00
Giyani Depot Office no. 6,  Behezenhud Complex, Giyani main Road, Next to Autogen Panelbeaters (015)812-5059 Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h30 Sat, 09h00-13h00
Makumeke Lab 42A Mxladzhi Valley, Makumeke, Maluleke (015)851-6075 Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Free State
Westdene *Drive through site* President Steyn 66, Westdene, Bloemfontein   Mon-Fri: 07h00-18h00, Sat-Sun 08h00-13h00
Welkom Lategan street 30, Welkom (057)352-1721/(051)410-4080 for appointment. Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Northern Cape
Kimberley 39 Mac Dougall St, El Toro Park, Kimberley (053)836-4460 for an appointment Mon-Fri: 08h00–07h00
Standerton depot  Cnr Kerk & Princess, Central Park number 5, Standerton (017)712-23749 Mon-Fri: 08h00 – 17h00, Sat  07h00–12h00
Nelspruit Urgent Care Unit 10C, Sonmed Suites, Corner of Madiba Drive & Piet Retief St, Sonheuwel (013)745-9000 Mon–Sat: 08h00–19h00, Sun 10h00 – 19h00
Kriel depot  Corner Bokmakierie & Mooilaan; Kriel   Mon-Fri: 08h00 – 17h00, Sat  07h00–12h00
Witrivier Depot 30 Allie van Bergen, Witrivier (013)750-1237 Mon-Fri :08h00–17h00, Sat appointment only.
Middelburg Lab *Drive through site* Midmed Hospital Building, Entrance Joubert Street, Middelburg (013)282-5595 Mon-Fri: 07h00-16:00, Sat-Sun:10h00-11h00
Witbank Lab – Cosmos *Drive through site* Life Cosmos Hospital, Corner O.R Tambo Drive & Beatty Street, Witbank (013)697-6449/6451 Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Burgersfort Lab Office 2, Ground Floor, Maphutha Ditshaba building, c/o Church & Eddie Sedibe str, Burgersfort, 1150 (013)231-7667  
Malalane Depot Malalane Depot, 20 Air street, Office 6, Malalane (013)790-0025 Mon–Fri: 08h00–17h00
Trichardt Lab *Drive through site* 2nd floor room 210 Barney Molokwane Street, Trichardt (017)638-0862 Mon-Sun: 10h00-16h00
Sonpark Corner of Madiba Drive and Piet Retief street, Nelspruit (013)745-9000 Mon-Fri: 08h00–16h00
North West
Rustenburg Main Laboratory 102 Kock Street, Rustenburg (014)597-8500 Mon–Fri: 08h00–17h00, Sat:08h00-12h00
Brits Shop 19 Safari Ctr, Van Velden St, Brits (012)252-0308 Mon–Fri: 08h00–16h00, Sat:08h00-12h00
Ifafi depot Corner R511 and Beethoven Street (012)259-0275 Mon–Fri: 08h00–13h00
The Island depot Shop 24 The Islands Shopping Mall, Provincial road R512 (012)244-4020 Mon–Fri: 08h00–13:00
Potchefstroom Cachet Park Depot, Shop 24 Cnr Steve Biko & Meyer Street, Potchefstroom (018)293-8260/1 Mon–Fri: 07h00-16h00, Sat: 08h00-13h00
Kwa-Zulu Natal
South Coast – Shelly Beach *Drive through site* Grace Medical Street, Bugle Road, Shelly Beach (039)682-0117 Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat: 08h00-13h00
PMB Midlands Midlands medical centre, 162-166 Masukwana Street, PMB (033)264-4340 Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat: 08h00-13h00
Ladysmith Laverna House (opposite Laverna Hospital), 1 Convent Road, Ladysmith (036)631-1142 Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat: 08h00-13h00
Newcastle  77 Harding Street, Newcastle (034)317-1070 Mon-Fri: 10h00-16h00, Sat: 10h00-12h00
Stanger  Shop 5, OK Mall, Stanger (032)552-1675 Mon–Fri: 09h00-15h00, Sat: 09h00–12h00
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 
Durban Central *Drive through site* 73 Carlisle Street, Durban (031)308-6521 (By appointment only) (031)308-6655 (After hours and Sunday incl public holidays) Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat: 08h00-13h00 

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