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​The City of Joburg has opened 21 of its 79 clinics across the metro as screening and testing sites for the Covid-19 pandemic.


This is done to curb the novel coronavirus from spreading, says the Executive Mayor, Geoff Makhubo who ratified the decision.


Makhubo says the clinics, spread across all seven regions of Johannesburg, will assist the municipality to respond rapidly to suspected cases of new infections.


“If you're feeling symptomatic, do visit one of our clinics in your region. Remember to Hlapa Matsoho (wash hands) and wear your mask to help protect you and your loved ones," he says.


In addition, Makhubo says the City runs a 24 hour Joint Operations Centre (JOC) to boost emergency preparedness and response measures to Covid-19.


The municipality has also trained healthcare workers on Covid-19 to assist residents with education and contact tracing, focusing on high density and high-risk areas.


Further to response measures, Makhubo notes that the City has allocated buildings to be used as isolation and quarantine centres.


According to health authorities, people may acquire the Covid-19 pandemic between one and 14 days before developing any visible symptoms, however, the most common indicators are fever, tiredness and a dry cough.


Residents of Joburg who wish to locate clinics made available for testing and screening for Covid-19 should contact the City's 24-hour Disaster Management Centre on 010 224 0932.