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Looters urged to test for Covid-19

Minister of Communications, Mmamoloko Kubayi briefing members of the media on outcomes of Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday 18 October 2017, during a Post Cabinet media briefing held at Ronnie Mamoepa Media Centre, Tshedimosetso House, Hatfield in Pretoria. 19/10/2017.

Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has urged those who took part in last week’s civil unrest to test for Covid-19. 

The unrest that happened last week, has sparked fears of increased Covid-19 cases, just as Gauteng is emerging from a Covid-19 third wave.

Kubayi made the remarks on Tuesday morning at the Johannesburg Correctional Services facilities, where the Department of Correctional Services launched its vaccination campaign.

“I know some of them are scared that they will be arrested as they get to the facilities, but from a health point of view we really urge them to arrive,” said Kubayi.

“We have an obligation as a health sector that when they arrive they don’t have to disclose a lot of information because we don’t want to test them. If you find yourself having flu symptoms or a headache, please don’t stay at home and infect everybody else. Can you kindly present yourself and go and test because we are worried about the impact the people who were in the protest will have on their communities that they interact with,” she added.

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