Report states Covid-19 patients can resume job without test, SA reacts

Report states Covid-19 patients can resume job without test, SA reacts

- The Labour Department has unveiled new regulations which will permit Covid-19 patients to return to work without testing again

- The new directives state that no follow-up test is required if the patient has been in quarantine for 14 days and met a few other requirements

- South Africans were baffled by the news and Briefly.co.za gauged the public sentiment

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South Africans have been gripped by the coronavirus pandemic and many have become fear-stricken by the potential threats.

Many have been left with the lasting impression that the virus is highly contagious and that testing and social distancing is crucial.

However, new Covid-19 regulations issued by the Labour Department has thrown a spanner in the works.

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Based on the new directives, employees who previously tested positive for Covid-19, need not be tested again and will be allowed to return to work, provided certain conditions have been met.

Chief inspector for occupational health and safety, Tibor Szana, explained that the new regulations were adopted in consultation with the Health Department.

Cape Talk reported that no follow-up test will be required if the patient met the below requirements:

  • If they have completed the 14 days of mandatory self-isolation
  • If those who had moderate or severe symptoms undergo a medical evaluation
  • If they continue to practice personal hygiene and social distancing
  • If the employer monitors the worker to ensure that they do not regress
  • If they wear a surgical mask from the date of diagnosis for a period of at least 21 days

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Briefly.co.za scoured the public reaction via Facebook and it made for interesting reading.

Nickey Gush asked,

"Really they positive and go back to work,contaminate other,but hairdressers and beauty salon's cannot open?"

Gillian Lang said,

"With a backlog of 27 000 test results, of course they are going to change the rules."

Barbara Vanez Paula slammed the policy:

"It’s pathetic - it’s so sad also you can do is laugh in a really scary way."

Munthirah Kriel wanted to know:

"How does this make any sense?"

Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that health officials in the Cape Metro report that Covid-19 testing will now only be reserved for people aged over 55 with additional risk factors.

If you are under 55 and experience Covid-19 symptoms, just assume you have it, says Dr Keith Cloete.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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