As the world continues to put drastic measures in place to try and keep the Covid-19 coronavirus at bay, more and more stories of local authorities refusing testing is becoming apparent. Now, songstress Sho Madjozi opens up on her experience being turned away because she has not been showing symptoms of the virus.
“I tried for three days to get tested after I landed from the UK. They refused to test me everywhere because I showed no symptoms,” the star admitted on Twitter. “Finally managed to get a test on Tuesday. My negative result came back five days later.”
The singer adds that this reckless approach to testing means that the number of confirmed cases is only the tip of the iceberg for South Africa. “Corona maths is tough. We have no idea how many people have this thing. Yes, we have 402 confirmed cases on 23rd of March. But it takes three days to get results so actually we had 402 cases 3 days ago. Not today,” she says.
Sho Madjozi adds that “They are only testing people who are showing symptoms. Symptoms start showing 2-14 days after a person contracts it. Meaning we had 402 cases over a week ago. We have no idea how many people have the virus at the moment. No idea.”
The star has therefore applauded the government’s decision for a nationwide lockdown as of Friday and has urged her fans to “stay home”.