The government will now start the usage of technology to trace those infected with Covid-19, including their movement using their cellphones to find out who they may have in contact with.
The use of technology is also a drastic measure by the government to step up the fight against the coronavirus that has now infected over 1,300 people and left five dead.
President Cyril Ramaphosa first announced the impending introduction of the track and trace method using technology during his address to the nation on Monday.
“Using mobile technology, an extensive tracing system will be rapidly deployed to trace those who have been in contact with confirmed coronavirus cases and to monitor the geographical location of new cases in real-time,” said Ramaphosa
The presentation that was made to the Gauteng executive committee recently, new regulations will be passed which would allow the government to trace movements of people who test positive for the virus without having to approach the courts for an order.
It is said that officials who attended the Gauteng executive committee meeting over the weekend where the presentation was made, said the system would use either identity number, mobile number or even a full name and surname of an infected person.
“More information would be sourced from either home affairs, deeds register or personal details available through the Financial Intelligence Centre Act,” they added.
It is confirmed that about nine Alexandra residents have been placed under quarantine after coming in contact with a resident who tested positive for Covid-19.
“The man apparently ignored instructions to remain in isolation pending confirmation of his results and travelled to Limpopo before the start of the national lockdown.” they said.
The government already has information such as diabetes and HIV/Aids prevalence rates of areas which would be considered as vulnerable to covid-19 already.
They said all those that would have come close to the infected person would be traced to be tested and the same tracking method is used on them.