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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.

Where can i get tested?

This list is dated 7 April 2021

Western Cape
AreaAddressContact DetailsOperating Hours
Century CitySmartsurv Building, 1st Floor (Upstairs from MTN),32 Century Blvd, Century City           (021)673-1700Mon-Sun: 08h30-16h00. Sat-Sun: 08h30-14h00. Closed on public holidays. For Easter weekend: 02/04/21: closed 03/04/21: 08h30-14h00 04/04/21: closed 05/04/21: 08h30-14h00
Harbour Bay Depot Simonstown1st Floor, Room 4 Harbour Bay Medical Centre(021)673-1700Mon-Fri: 08h30-16h00. Closed on public holidays.
AreaAddressContact DetailsOperating Hours 
Alberton 60 Clinton Road, Alberton(011)907-1657/8Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat: 07h00-13h00.
Atterbury *Drive through site*Atterbury Value Mart, Atterbury road , Faerie Glen, Pretoria- In the basement across Builders warehouse (Only accept card payments. No cash.)(012)483-0100Mon–Fri: 08h00-16h00, Sat: 09h00-12h00.Closed on Sundays and public holidays. Closed on Friday, 2 April-Monday, 5 April . Open again on Tuesday, 06 April
Bedford Gardens8 Leicester road, Kimberly Clarke West Wing Parking area.(011)616-6515Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat-Sun and Public holidays: 09h00-12h00.
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: 08h00-17h00. Sat: Closed
Clinix Dr SK Matseke Memorial Hospital *Drive through site*Cnr Immink Drive and, Chris Hani Rd, Diepkloof Zone 6, Diepmeadow.(011)938-1075Mon-Fri: 08h00–17:00, Sat: 08:00–13:00. Closed on Sundays and Public holidays (Open on 22 March 2021, 08h00 -13h00).
Cosmo City Depot82 South Africa Drive, Cosmo City, Randburg(011)024-0500Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00.Sat: Closed
FinTech CampusCnr Ilanga and Botterklapper road, The Willows, Gauteng 0081062 338 7965Mon–Fri: 08:00 – 17:00
Garden City 35 Bartlett Road, Garden City Clinic, Mayfair West, 2092(011)249-4766Mon-Fri: 07h00-19h00 ( COVID-19 tent 08h00-16h00), Sat/Public holidays: 07h00-16h00, Sun: 07h00 -13h00 (COVID-19 tent 07h00-12h00)
Glynnwood Hospital34 Harrison street, Benoni(011)421-8423Mon-Fri: 08h00-16h30
Heidelberg 70 Begeman street -Dr Machaba practice - Corner Mare & Begeman street(076)671-2036 /(016)341-4853Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Honeydew Village Centre DepotC/O John Vorster & Christiaan, De Wet Roads, Rooderpoort(011)675-0536Mon-Fri: 07h00-16h00, Sat: 07h00-12h00
HS Ebrahim Centre190 Bengal Street, Shop 28, Laudium(012)374-5307Mon-Fri: 08h00-16h00
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)704-2142/ (011) 671 8700Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Intercare WoodhillAddress : 24 Garstfontein Rd, Moreletapark, Pretoria, 0044, South Africa(012) 998 0299Mon-Fri: 07h00-18h00 Sat:08h00-13h00 Closed on Sundays and Public holidays
Johannesburg Eye ClinicGround Floor NHC Health Centre Corner Beyers Naude & Waugh, Northcliff,(011)782-0635Mon-Fri 07h00-16h00.Sat: 08h00-13h00
Krugersdorp Lab3 Boshoff Street, Krugersdorp(011)668-8340Mon-Fri: 08H00-17H00; Sat-Sun/Public holidays- 08h00-13h00
Lancet Labs Corner depot, Block F Block F , Cnr Napier and Menton rds, Richmond , Johannesburg(011)358-0800Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat 08h00-12h00
Legae LabLegae Mediclinic, Molefe Makinta road, Block M, Mabopane(012)702-8211 /(012)797-8001Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat 08h00-12h00, Sunday: Only Pre-admissions are tested
Lenmed Randfontein Private Hospital LabWard Road, Uitvalfontein, Randfontein(087)087-2691Mon-Fri: 08h00-16h30, Sat-Sun 08h30-12h30.
Life Dalview HospitalHouse No 1 Life Dalview Hospital, Hendrik Potgieter Road, Dalview, Brakpan(011)744-016624 hours
Life Fourways Hospital Cnr Cedar avenue, West and Cedar road, Fourways, JohannesburgMon-Sun: 07h00-17h00
Life Groenkloof 50 George Storrar Drive, Groenkloof, Pretoria, 0181 (Only pre-admissions and symptomatic patients )(012)424-9544Mon-Sun: 07h00-17h00
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-Sun: 07h00-19h00. Open on public holidays.
MedforumCnr Du Toit and Francis Baards street, Sunnyside, Pretoria (012)322-5880Mon-Fri : 08h00-17h00, Sat-Sun: Closed
Mediclinic Kloof Suite G13, 511 Jochemus Street, Erasmuskloof X3, Pretoria, 0083(012)367-4426 / (012)367-4430Mon-Sun: 07h00-17h00
Mediclinic Sandton (parking lot) cnr Peter Place and Main Rd, Bryanston(011)549-3780Mon-Sun: 07h00-17h00
Miller House 4 Parklane Avenue, Brenthurst Clinic, (Opposite Brenthurst Clinic), Parktown(011)351-6470/(011)647-9053Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Muelmed Depot577 Pretorius street, Room 203B , Muelmed Hospital, Arcadia, Pretoria (012)341-7399Mon-Sun: 07h00-17h00
Netcare SunninghillCnr Witkoppen road & Nanyuki road, Sandton(011)231-2500Mon-Sun: 08h00-17h00
Netcare WaterfallMagwa Cres and Mac-Mac road, Midrand(011)304-7904 /4 /2Mon-Fri 07h00-17h00, Sat-Sun 07h00-15h00, Public holidays 07h00-15h00
Oberholzer Depot *Drive through site*54 Van Zijl Smit Street, Oberholzer, Carletonville(018)787-3879Mon-Fri: 08h00-16h00. Closed on weekends and Public holidays.
Parkrand depot Palm Springs Building, 42 van Wyk Louw Drive, Parkrand, Boksburg, 1459(011)896-5518Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
Pretoria - Eugene Marais 667 5th Avenue, Les Marais, Pretoria (Card payments only. No cash)(012)404-0860Out patients: Mon-Sun: 07h00-17h00; Hospital patients: 24 hours
Pretoria - Pencardia Pencardia 1 Building, 1st Floor, 509 Pretorius St, Arcadia, Pretoria (012)483-0100Mon-Sun:07h00 -17h00
Rochester Place walk-in depot173 Rivonia Road, Morningside, Sandton, Rochester Place, Office Block (Block A Covid 19 testing and PUI bloods)(011)324-1840Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h00
Rooihuiskraal Historical TerrainRooihuiskraal road, Rooihuiskraal northMon-Fri: 08h00-16h00, Sat: 08h00-12h00. Closed from 2 April - 5 Aril 2021. Re-open 6 April 2021.
RoseacresCnr Castor and St Joseph Street, Symhurst, Primrose, Germiston(011)822-0360Mon - Fri: 08h00 - 17h00, Sat:08h00 - 13h00, Sun: 08h00-13h00 Only Pre-admissions and travelers.
Rosebank Lancet Labs8 Sturdee Avenue(011)277-4060Mon-Sun: 08h00-17h00. Open on public holidays.
Ruimsig DepotRuimsig Boulevard Shop 20, Cnr Doreen and Malcolm Road, Ruimsig, Roodepoort.(011)958 0579Mon-Fri:08h00-16h00, Sat: 08h00-13h00
Saxby 58 Henri Road, Eldoraigne, Centurion, South Africa(012)384-2151Mon-Fri : 08h00-17h00
Vereeniging Medi Village, 32A Grey Ave, Vereeniging(016)421-1207Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat:08h00-13h00
Wilgeheuwel Lab Amplifier Road, Radiokop, Wilgeheuwel Hospital, Suite 6B First Floor, Block C(011)699-1980Mon-Sun: 07h00 -19h00
Wilgers Depot Wilgers Life Hospital test are done at outside venue, Doctors consulting rooms, Wilgers Depot, Denneboom Avenue, The Willows.(012)807-9500Mon-Sun: 07h00-18h00
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
GroblersdalShop 6 Tautes corner Van Riebeeck and Tautes Avenue, Micheal Mulder building, Groblersdal(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: 07h00–16h30
Phalaborwa71 Sealene Street, Phalaborwa(015)781-6238Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h30, Sat: 08h00-13h00.
Polokwane *Drive through site*44A Grobler street, Polokwane Central(015)294-0400Mon-Sun: 08h00–16h30
Thabazimbi13th Avenue Carpe Diem Centre(014)772-1448Mon-Fri: 08h00–16h00, Sat: 08h00-11h00
ThohoyandouCorner Mpehephu & Mvusuludzo near Cash build(015)962-3160Mon-Fri: 07h00-17h30, Sat: 08h30-14h30
Tzaneen71 Wolksberg Road, Ivory Tusk Lodge(015)307-4849Mon-Sun: 07h00–16h00
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
Kriel depot Corner Bokmakierie & Mooilaan; Kriel(017)648-2301Mon-Fri: 08h00 - 17h00, Sat 07h00–12h00
Lowveld *Drive through site*Behind Busamed Lowveld Hospital, cnr Nel and Hendrik Potgieter streetMon-Fri:08h00-17h00, Sat:08h00-13h00
Lydenburg Depot46 Viljoen str, Lydenburg, 1120(013)235-4380Mon-Fri: 8h00 – 17h00 Lunch: 13h00 – 14h00
Malalane DepotMalalane Depot, 20 Air street, Office 6, Malalane(013)790-0025Mon–Fri: 08h00–17h00
Mediclinic1 Louise street, Sonheuwel, next to Mediclinic Day Hospital, upper parkingMon-Fri:07h00-18h30
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: 08h00-17h00, Sun and Public holidays: 10h00-17h00.
Sonpark Drive ThroughCorner of Madiba Drive and Piet Retief street, Nelspruit(013)745-9000Mon-Fri: 08h00–16h00. Sat: 08h00-13h00, Sun and Public holidays: 08h00-12h00.
Standerton depot Cnr Kerk & Princess, Central Park number 5, Standerton(017)712-3749Mon-Fri: 09h00 - 15h00, Sat 08h00–10h00
Trichardt Lab *Drive through site*2nd floor room 210 Barney Molokwane Street, Trichardt(017)638-0862Mon-Sun: 08h00-17h00, 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) 6976449/445 Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00
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 Hospital *Drive through site*Kirsty Close, Ballito, Upper Parking Lot - Appointment only(032)946-1475/(032)946-1475, Medical Aid & Card Payments Only. No cash will be acceptedMon-Fri: 08:30–15:30
Durban Central (2 sites)*Drive /Walk through site for COVID-19 swabs and blood collection for COVID-19 positive patients*73 Carlisle Street, Durban(031)308-6500Mon-Fri: 08h00 -17h00, Sat: 08h00 -16h00, Sunday and Public holidays: 09h00-15h00
Faith Revival Church *Drive through site only-No walk in*34 Herrencroft drive, Phoenix(031)538-6460 /71Mon-Fri: 08h30 - 14h00, Sat: 08h30 - 11h00
Gladtidings Fellowship *Drive through site*48 Galaxy Place (opposite the Woodhurst library), Woodhurst , Chatsworth(031)402-8500Mon-Fri: 08:30–15:30, Sat:s08:30–11:30
KPH Stanger LabCorner Thornhill Farm, Theunissan road, Newton, Stanger.(032)815-3600 /(083)605-5998Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat: 08h00-13h00. Closed on Sundays and Public holidays.
LadysmithLaverna House (opposite Laverna Hospital), 1 Convent Road, Ladysmith(036)631-1142Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat: 08h00-13h00
Lancet Lab Isipingo 162 Phila Ndwandwe road, Isipingo rail, outide the Trauma entrance(031)913-0860Mon-Fri: 08h00-16h45, Sat: 08h00-12h45. Closed on Sundays and Public holidays.
Newcastle 77 Harding Street, Newcastle(034)317-1070Mon-Fri: 10h00-16h00, Sat: 10h00-12h00
PMB MidlandsMidlands medical centre, 162-166 Masukwana Street, PMB *By appointment only*(033)264-4340Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat: 08h00-15h00, Sundays and Public holidays: 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, Albert Luthuli street, Stanger(032)552-1675 /(083)605-5998Mon–Fri: 08h00-17h00, Sat: 08h00-13h00. Closed on Sundays and Public holidays.
The Dome, DCC Church *Drive through site for COVID-19 swabs only*Gate 9, 39 Garth Road,Mayville(031)275-4260Mon–Fri: 08h00 -15h00, Sat: 08h00 -14h00, Sundays and Public holidays: 09h00-13h00
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