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Gift of Givers sets up testing centres but warns: 'We don’t just test anybody'

The organisation said the centres in some parts of Johannesburg are aimed at easing the pressure on government hospitals.

Gift of the Givers volunteers pack boxes of masks, gloves, gowns & disinfectants into trucks. The supplies will be taken to health facilities assisting patients and staff on the front lines of the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. Picture: @GiftoftheGivers/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – Disaster relief group The Gift of the Givers has extended a helping hand by setting up testing facilities.

The organisation said the centres in some parts of Johannesburg were aimed at easing the pressure on government hospitals.

The organisation said that it had roped in volunteers who were working with different private laboratories.

Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman said the tests would cost R750.

“All the rules, according to the [National Institute for Communicable Disease], the public needs to know that we don’t just test anybody. When you call in, they will tell you whether you should come in for testing or not.”