President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night revealed that the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has risen to 1,326 – and three people are confirmed to have died from the coronavirus.
He was addressing the nation four days into the 21-day nationwide lockdown.
“We are now entering a new phase in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
In the coming days, the government will be rolling out a screening, testing, tracing and medical management programme on a huge scale.
“Around 10,000 field workers will be visiting homes in villages, towns and cities to screen residents for COVID-19 symptoms,” added Ramaphosa.
“People with symptoms will be referred to local clinics or mobile clinics for testing.
“People who are infected with coronavirus, but who have no or moderate symptoms will remain in isolation at home or at a facility provided by government and those with severe symptoms will be transferred to hospitals.”