The Eastern Cape, which had 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus at the time of writing on Monday afternoon, has a population of 6.5 million people according to the last census of 2011.

With only 77 people having been tested for the coronavirus in the Eastern Cape, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa wants the government to embark on a massive testing campaign targeting people in rural areas.

Holomisa got his results after testing for Covid-19 in Komani formerly Queenstown, last week, believes having “military hospitals” at voting districts would go a long way in getting as many people as possible tested and treated before the virus spreads further. Tested Negative.

Update on #coronavirustesting #PathcareResults Just been informed by the doctor who took my samples  on 27 March 2020 in Queenstown hospital, that tests are negative , “SARS Coronavirus 2 RNA was not detected in this sample”. Thanks to all 4 ur support. Praise The Lord.

Holomisa said nurses and soldiers should be deployed to his envisaged field hospitals at voting districts to test residents.

“This virus is an eye-opener because I had suggested that we use the IEC blueprint, their map, and go where the voting districts are and we immediately take such services to people, instead of people having to go to town or hospitals, which might be too far from people, just to be tested.

“If we used the IEC voting districts to have military hospitals people would walk across the road and get tested, get treatment, hand sanitisers or gloves, but the government are dragging their feet. I don’t know their plan on how this is going to work in rural areas.

“I think those are the things that we should be working on before this thing breaks out in even bigger numbers,” he said.