Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
28 Apr 2020
8:04 pm

Alex health centre queue shows microcosm of virus damage

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Testing in Alexandra and other townships countrywide continued on Tuesday, with residents' fears ranging from what they would do if they contracted the virus, to where their next meals would come from

A man gets swabbed at a screening and testing site in Alexandra Stadium, 27 April 2020. Picture: Neil McCartney

Only a few dozen Alexandra residents in Johannesburg braved the cold on Tuesday to visit the local community health centre, one of several Covid-19 mobile testing sites. While many were there to access various other healthcare services at the centre, those who met certain criteria during the screening process were referred to the testing site over the past two days. The area is in Johannesburg's District E - which consists of Sandton, Wynberg, Alexandra and other suburbs - which is the virus epicentre in Gauteng, with 253 cases according to government’s latest data. Nothemba Ntambo, 28, said she lived in...