South Africa to begin mass coronavirus screening

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Mr Ramaphosa said the programme was a "new phase" in the fight against the spread of coronavirus

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has launched a mass screening programme for coronavirus.

On Monday evening, the president announced that 10,000 field workers would be visiting homes to screen people.

Those found with symptoms would be quarantined either in their homes or in hospitals.

Mr Ramaphosa said the programme was a “new phase” in the fight against the spread of the virus.

The government is also developing a technology that will help in tracking down all those who may have had contacts with people infected with the virus.

South Africa has 1,326 cases of Covid-19 – the respiratory illness caused by coronavirus.

The country has reported three deaths as a result of the disease.

South Africans are currently on day five of a 21-day nationwide lockdown that was imposed last week to curtail the spread of the virus.

 

Olajumoke Adeleke