Coronavirus: Ramaphosa announces mass national screening drive

Coronavirus: Ramaphosa announces mass national screening drive

- South Africa's coronavirus infections continue to rise and are expected to continue doing so

- In light of this, a mass door-to-door screening campaign will be launched

- Thousands of field workers will be deployed across the country in this 'unprecedented' exercise

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that a mass door-to-door coronavirus screen campaign will be launched.

With South Africa recording the highest number of cases on the continent, Ramaphosa revealed the plans to deploy a minimum of 10 000 field workers across the nation.

Commenting on this development, the president told citizens on Monday that:

"We are now entering a new phase in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic," said the president. "In the coming days, the government will be rolling out a screening, testing and tracing and medical management programme on a huge scale."

Visits will be conducted in villages, towns and cities across South Africa in an effort to screen for the coronavirus, while those with severe symptoms will be hospitalised.

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Those with moderate symptoms will remain in isolation either at home or in government quarantine centres, explained Ramaphosa.

In addition to these measures, technology will be used to trace those who have been in contact with infected citizens:

"This drive is far-reaching, it is intensive and it is unprecedented in scale." reported that the president had warned Mzansi that the virus could potentially infect anyone, regardless of class, race and other factors:

“Some people may think this disease is something that doesn't concern them, and that it will never affect them - that it is something they only read about in newspapers or social media or see reports about on television. But it is very real. And it poses a great danger to every one of us and to our society as well."

The address was held after confirmed Covid-19 cases rose to 1 326 with three deaths as a result of the pandemic.

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