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DOH Amends Directions to Combat COVID-19

December 4, 2020

Department of Health

The health department has published Directions to address, prevent and combat the spread of Covid-19 in South Africa.

The Directions were published in Government Gazette 43954 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

A new subparagraph (7) is inserted in paragraph 10 outlining when specimens must be taken from a person who died outside of a health facility, excluding death as a result of trauma.

New paragraphs on persons exiting the Republic, persons entering the Republic, cost of quarantine for persons entering the Republic, an asymptomatic person, repeat testing and cargo and crew testing are inserted.

A traveller entering South Africa or his or her employer will have to bear the cost of quarantine and isolation.

Ship crew that plan to disembark in South Africa need to produce a valid negative Covid-19 test result not older than 72 hours from the date of signing onto the vessel.

Crew members without a valid negative Covid-19 test result will be subjected to testing for Covid-19 on arrival and may be subjected to quarantine at an approved facility at the employers’ cost.

The Directions came into effect on the date of publication.