Individuals who have been exposed to, or are suspected of having Covid-19 must get tested_1

President Cyril Ramaphosa on 23 March announced a national lockdown in South Africa as the government announced measures to curtail the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19)

As we grapple with this Covid-19 pandemic globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has also urged people to get tested for coronavirus.

The WHO says large-scale testing assists health providers to easily determine who has the infection and plan to provide the treatment they need. Isolating known cases also reduces the infection rate.

Moreover, tracking positive test results allows health officials to make evidence-based decisions and try to curb the virus spread.

With the government declaring a national state of disaster and implementing a lockdown in the midst of the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (COGTA) has issued regulations aimed at preventing the spread.

Testing and treatment for Covid-19 may be mandatory in certain circumstances.

The regulations specify that a person who has been reported to have Covid-19, or who is suspected of having Covid-19, or who has been in touch with a Covid-19 carrier, must submit to a medical examination, including taking a bodily sample, medication, prophylaxis, isolation, or quarantine.

When a person fails to comply with an order to do the above-mentioned items, they must be held in solitary confinement or quarantine for 48 hours awaiting a warrant from a magistrate.

It is also necessary to note that the regulations clearly state that no individual is entitled to compensation for any loss or damage resulting from the actions or omissions of enforcement officers under the regulations.