South Africa´s hotspot limits most testing to above age 55

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South Africa´s hotspot limits most testing to above age 55

An elderly woman reacts as a heath worker collects a sample for coronavirus testing during the screening and testing campaign aimed to combat the spread of COVID-19 at Sphamandla informal settlement in Katlehong, south of Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, May 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africa´s hotspot limits most testing to above age 55

A man reacts as heath worker to collect a sample for coronavirus testing during the screening and testing campaign aimed to combat the spread of COVID-19 at Tembisa township in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africa´s hotspot limits most testing to above age 55

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 29, 2020 file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for the new coronavirus, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa´s coronavirus cases have surpassed 100,000, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, May 22, 2020 as the continent with many fragile health systems has not yet seen the high numbers of other parts of the world. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa´s worst hotspot for the coronavirus is no longer testing most people under age 55 as it tries to clear a backlog of 27,000 tests amid a shortage of kits.

Western Cape province, centered on the city of Cape Town, will test people under 55 only if they have serious health conditions, have been admitted to a hospital or are a front-line health worker, Premier Alan Winde said.

“If you’re younger than 55 and you have symptoms, assume you have COVID-19 ... After 14 days, you’ll be fine. There’s no purpose in getting a test," Western Cape head of health Keith Cloete told radio station Cape Talk this week. People who are younger than 5

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