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South Africa Plans Mass Screening to Tackle Coronavirus

  • Field workers to be sent to check on people in their homes
  • Country has 1,353 confirmed cases; 39,500 people tested
A motorist is cleared to proceed by an officer with police at a road block in Johannesburg on March 27.

A motorist is cleared to proceed by an officer with police at a road block in Johannesburg on March 27.

Photographer: Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images
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South Africa will roll out a mass screening program for the coronavirus and dispatch about 10,000 field workers to check up on people in their homes, the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to do so.

“We’ve had a very defensive, reactive approach,” Zweli Mkhize, South Africa’s health minister, told reporters on Tuesday. Now, “we are getting our ground operations up and running, scaling up our offensive.”