CORONA VIRUS INFORMATION HUB
Kindly note that the information on this page is subject to change.
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.
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- Basic Information
- Where can I get Tested?
- What are the basic protective measures?
- Global Cases
- Lancet Laboratories Specific Information
- What does the NPG say?
- I want to download the Lancet Labs Mobile App
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 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.
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: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports); 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.
- Contact is a person involved in any of the following:
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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.