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On this page we will share information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) relevant to all South Africans. 

COVID-19 in South Africa 

For more information: Call the COVID-19 Hotline: 0800 029 999 Send “hi” on WhatsApp to COVID-19 Connect: 060 012 3456 Visit the website



Testing Site

Contact Number

Working Hours




Western Cape

Groote Schuur Academic Hospital

Tel: 021 404 5201

07:30 – 17:00 (Monday to Friday)

Tel: 021 404 5116

Hours extended depending on the need.

Tygerberg Academic Hospital

Tel: 021 938 9354

06:30 – 19:00 (Seven days a week)

Tel: 021 938 9355






Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital

Tel: 011 489 8853

07:00 – 19:00 (Seven days a week)

Tel: 011 489 8880

Tshwane Academic Hospital


Testing is available daily including weekends.

Tel: 012 354 7000

Dr George Mukhari Hospital

Tel: 012 521 4227

Tel: 012 521 4217

08:00 – 17:00


Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital

Tel: 031 240 2794

07:00 – 19:00 (Monday to Friday)

Eastern Cape

NHLS Port Elizabeth Virology

Tel: 041 395 6120/6126

07:00 – 19:00 (Monday to Friday)

Free State

Universitas Hospital

Tel: 051 405 2834

07:30 – 17:30 (Seven days a week)

Tel: 051 405 3162


COVID-19 around the world

  • Information graphic by Singapore artist Weiman Kow ​on how the corona virus spreads: How COVID-19 spreads
  • PLAYMOBIL's ROBert explains the corona virus to children:
    The whole world is talking about the corona virus. Daycares and schools have closed, and children are asking a lot of questions. This movie uses PLAYMOBIL to help explain in a way that children can understand what is happening right now, what we can all do to ease the situation, and why it so important to avoid contact with other children and adults.

COVID-19, Tuberculosis and HIV:

  • View SABC News 24 March 2020 - Coronavirus I Tuberculosis sufferers at risk of contracting COVID-19
    Tuberculosis remains the world's deadliest infectious disease, claiming four thousand lives every day. In 2018, 63 thousand South Africans died from TB, many of them already infected with HIV. Today, on World TB Day, as we grapple with the novel coronavirus, experts warn that patients with underlying conditions like TB and HIV are at high risk.
    Doctors Without Borders is urging international funders to make resources available to contain the spread of the virus. Tom Ellman, the head of the Southern Africa Medical Unit joins us now on the line.
  • View SABC News 15 March 2020 - Coronavirus | Risks to persons not on HIV or TB treatment​
    Right to Care warns that HIV positive people and those with tuberculosis who are not on treatment will be at higher risk of worse outcomes if they contract the coronavirus. According to UNAID, over 7 million South Africans are HIV positive and about 3 million are not getting treatment. Now to discuss this further are now joined via skype by Right to Care CEO Professor Ian Sanne.
  • View SABC News 13 March 2020 - Coronavirus | Likely impact of COVID-19 on SA's HIV-TB burden
    The Aurum Institute's Dr Reginah Osih joins us on the line to talk about how the novel coronavirus could possibly impact those living with HIV and TB. ​