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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.


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 27 March 2020

Western Cape
*CLOSED ON WEEKENDS* Kingsbury Hospital Parking Lot Wilderness road, Claremont (after the boom, first tent, next to main entrance of hospital) (021)6731700 Mon-Fri 10:00-15:00
*CLOSED ON WEEKENDS* Century City Smartsurv House, Century City, Cape Town. (021)6731700 Mon-Fri 08:00–17:00
Morningside 173 Rivonia Road, Morningside, Sandton, South Africa, Rochester Place,  Block A Office   Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00, Sat 08:00-17:00
Alberton *Drive through site* 60 Clinton Road, Alberton (011)9071657/8 Mon- Fri 08:00-18:00 and Sat ,Sun & PH 08:00-13h00
Lancet Labs Corner depot *Drive through site* Block F , Cnr Napier and Menton rds, Richmond , Johannesburg   Mon-Fri, 07:00-19:00, Sat & Sun, 08:00-13:00
Vereeniging  46 Rhodes Ave, Vereeniging, 1939   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, 0084  (012) 404-0860 Mon–Fri, 08h00 – 17h00 
Pretoria – Woodhill Parkview Shopping Centre, Garsfontein Drive (012) 998-0299 Mon-Fri 08h00-17h00
Pretoria Midstream Mediclinic *Drive through site* MIDSTREAM MEDICLINIC MEDICAL PARK, MIDSTREAM HILL  (012) 942-1102 Mon-Fri 08:00 – 17:00, Sat, 08:00–13:00
Pretoria Legae lab GROUNDFLOOR; LEGAE HOSPITAL,; LUCAS MANGOPE STREET, MABOPANE 012-1978001 24/7 HOSPITAL Patients; 07h00-16h00 OUTpatients; 
Clinix Dr SK Matseke Memorial Hospital  Cnr Immink Drive and, Chris Hani Rd, Diepkloof Zone 6, (011)9381075 Mon – Fri 8:00-17:00pm , Sat & Sun 8:00 -13:00
Dr Susan Lasia Miller 94 GREEN AVENUE , EDLEEN, KEMPTON PARK, 1619 (011)9750631 Mon-Sun, 08:00-17:00
Pretoria – Faerie Glen  Life Faerie Glen Medical Centre, 398 Jacqueline Drive, Garsfontein (012) 348-9100 24 Hours
Centurion – Saxby *Drive through site* 58 Henri Road, Eldoraigne, Centurion (012) 384-2151 Mon-Fri, 07;00-17;00
Life Roseacres Hospital *Drive through site* Cnr. Castor and, St Joseph St, Primrose, Germiston, 1401 (011)822 0360 Mon-Fri 08:00-17h00
Miller House *Drive through site* Opposite No 4 Parklane Avenue, Brenthurst Clinic, Parktown   Mon-Fri, 08:00-18:00
Ruimsig shop 22, ruimsig, boulevard, cnr hendrick potgieter, doreen road (011)9580579 Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00
Honeydew Vilage Centre Depot  shop 23, C/O John Vorster & Christiaan, De Wet Roads, Rooderport  (011)6750536 Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00
Rosebank Lancet Labs 8 Sturdee Avenue  (011)2774060 Mon-Sun, 07:00-19:00
Bell Street Depot *Drive through site* Cnr. Shannon and Bell Street, Noordheuwel, Krugersdorp, 1739 (011)9541503 Mon-Fri 07:00–18h00
Oberholzer Depot *Drive through site* 54 Van Zijl Smit Street, Oberholzer, Carletonville, 2499 (018)787 3879 Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00
Intercare Northriding   Intercare Northlands cnr shopping centre, cnr witkoppen road and new market street, northriding. (011)7042142 Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00
Lancet Labs Bedfordview *Drive through site* At the back of Life Bedford Gardens Causalty ion Bradford Road   Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00
Houghton Hotel Medical Suites 53 2nd Ave, Gate 2 , Houghton Estate , Hougton , Johannesburg (011)0834681 Mon-Fri  8h00-17h00 
Lancet Labs Brenthurst No 4 Parklane Avenue, Brenthurst Clinic, Parktown (011)3516470 Mon-Sun 07:00-19:00
Outside of Springs Life Hospital *Drive through site* Corner off Artemis and Achiles Street, Pollak Park, Springs (011)3623678 Mon-Fri 8:30-17:00
Parklands Springs Corner of Artemis and Achiles Street, Pollak Park, Springs (011)3623678 Mon-Fri 8:30-17:00
Berea       41 Bruce Street    Mon-Fri 09h00-18h00
Robertsham   82 Benson St Cnr Bently St  (011)6808237 Mon-Fri, 07:00-16:00 
Jeppe  195 Jeppe St 14th Floor   Mon-Fri 08h00-17h00, Sat 08h00-13h00
Dalview Hospital 1 Hendrik Potgieter Rd, Dalview, Brakpan, 1541, South Africa   24 hrs 
Glynnwood Hospital *Drive through site* 34 Harrison  street, Benoni (011)4218423 Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00
Krugersdorp Lab, Outpatient Depot 1 Boshoff Street, Krugersdorp (011)6688349 Mon-Fri, 08:00-17:00 
Heidelberg  70 Begeman street -Dr Machaba practice – C/O Mare & Begeman street 076-671-2036 Mon-Fri, 08:00-16:00
Lephalale Corner Joe Slovo and Drif Street, Shop L 2 Sunset Point Plaza (014)7631241 Mon-Fri 07h00–18h00, Sat 08h00-12h00
Thabazimbi 13th Avenue Carpe Diem Centre (014)7721448 07h30–17h30 Mon–Fri, Sat 08h00-12h00
Polokwane *Drive through site* 44A Grobler street, Polokwane Central (015)2940400 24 hours
Tzaneen 71 Wolksberg Road, Ivory Tusk Lodge (015)3074849 Mon to Fri, 07H00-17H30, Sat: 08H00-13h00
Thohoyandou Corner Mpehephu & Mvusuludzo near Cash build (015)9623160 Mon to Fri, 07H00-17H30, Sat: 08H30-14H30
Phalaborwa 71 Sealene Street, Phalaborwa (015)7816238 Mon to Fri, 07H00-17H30, Sat: 08H00-13h00.
Mokopane 97 RUITER STREET, MOKOPANE (015)4911265 Mon-Fri, 08:00 – 17:00 Mon-Fri and Sat
Groblersdal SHOP 6 TAUTES AVENUE, GROBLERSDAL  (013)2622053 Mon to Fri, 08:00 – 17:00
Free State
Westdene *Drive through site* President Steyn 66, Westdene, Bloemfontein.   Mon-Fri 07:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 08:00-13:00
Welkom Lategan street 30, Welkom (057)3521721/(051)4104080 for appointment. Mon-Fri 8:00-17:00
Northern Cape
Kimberley 39 Mac Dougall St, El Toro Park, Kimberley, 8301  –  Mon-Fri 8:00 – 17:00 (053)8364460 for an appointment
Lydenburg Depot 46 Viljoen str, Lydenburg, 1120 (013)2354380  
Standerton depot  Cnr Kerk & Princess, Central Park number 5, Standerton (017)71223749 Mon-Fri 08h00 – 17h00, Sat  07h00–12h00
Urgent Care Unit 10C, Sonmed Suites, Cnr of Madiba Drive & Piet Retief St,Sonheuwel (013)7459000 Mon–Sat 8h00–19h00, Sun 10:00 – 19:00
Kriel depot   C/O BOKMAKIERIE & MOOILAAN; KRIEL.   Mon-Fri 08h00 – 17h00, Sat  07h00–12h00
Witrivier Depot 30 Allie van Bergen, Witrivier, 1240 (013)7501237 Mon-Fri 08:00–17:00, Sat appointment only.
Burgersfort Lab Office 2, Ground Floor, Maphutha Ditshaba building, c/o Church & Eddie Sedibe str, Burgersfort, 1150 (013)2317667  
Malalane Depot Malalane Depot, 20 Air street, Office 6, Malalane, 1320 (013)7900025 Mon–Fri 08:00–17:00
Trichardt Lab  2nd floor room 210 Barney Molokwane Street, Trichardt (017)6380862 Mon-Sun 07:00-19:00
North West
Cachet Park Depot Shop 24 Cnr Steve Biko & Meyer Street, Potchefstroom, 2531   Mon-Fri 07h00-16h00
Rustenburg Main Laboratory 102 Kock Street, Rustenburg, 2999 (014)5978500 Mon–Fri 07h00–18h00, Sat 08h00-12h00
Brits Shop 19 Safari Ctr, Van Velden St, Brits (012)2520308 Mon–Fri 07h00–18h00, Sat 08h00-12h00
Ifafi depot Corner R511 and Beethoven Street (012)2590275 Mon–Fri 08h00–17h00, Sat 08h00–10h00
The Island depot Shop 24 The Islands Shopping Mall, Provincial road R512 (012)2444020 Mon–Fri 08h00–17:00
Potchefstroom Cachet Park Depot, Shop 24 Cnr Steve Biko & Meyer Street, Potchefstroom, 2531 (018)2938260/1 Mon–Fri 07:00-16:00, Sat 08:00-13:00
Kwa-Zulu Natal
Pmb Midlands  Ground Floor, Midlands Medical Centre, 162-166 Masukwana St, Pietermaritzburg, 3201 (033)2644340 Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00 Sat 08:00-13:00
Teleradio building *Drive through site* 73 Carlisle Street (031)3086500 Mon-Fri 8:00-17:00, Sat 8:00-13:00
Shelly Beach Shop 7b, Shelly Boulevard Centre, Shelly Beach (039)6820117/0148 Mon-Fri, 08:00-17:00, Sat 08:00-13:0013

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