GEORGE NEWS - All the latest test results for suspected Covid-19 cases from the Southern Cape - up until last night (Friday 13 March) - have been negative. Some results are however still awaited.
The mother of a Holy Cross Pre Primary pupil has informed the school that she has been tested for Covid-19 (coronavirus) and is awaiting her test results which are expected tomorrow, Sunday 15 March.
According to Mediclinic George Manager Kassie Karstens, all the latest test results for suspected cases from the Southern Cape - up until last night (Friday 13 March) - have been negative.
Dr Delene Brink, clinical microbiologist at Pathcare in George, also confirmed that nobody in the Southern Cape has so far tested positive for the new coronavirus. "The latest official figure for the Western Cape is two people and they are both in the Cape Town area. We send a number of samples away daily."
She said many people in the Southern Cape travel overseas and to Europe and those reporting to a GP or hospital with flu symptoms are tested. "We are testing people who meet the criteria of the NICD's case definition, and if they are children they will be tested. Details about cases cannot be divulged. The case definition criteria include that it must be a person who is showing symptoms and has travelled or had close contact with someone who had travelled."
Holy Cross principal, Jane Askew, said as a precautionary measure the school this morning decided to withdraw its pre-primary learners from a sport event. The school will keep the parents informed as soon as they know more.
Askew said rumours circulated on social media today that learners were also being tested, are untrue. Only the parent thus far underwent testing.
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