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Screening Key to Halting ‘Runaway Train’ of Africa Infection

  • South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana start virus screening programs
  • 10,000 health workers deployed to South Africa’s poorest areas
A medical worker checks the temperature of a local resident during a regional health screening program in Rustenburg, South Africa.

A medical worker checks the temperature of a local resident during a regional health screening program in Rustenburg, South Africa.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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When vans equipped with loudspeakers arrived in the South African mining town of Thlabane to urge residents to get screened for the coronavirus, restaurant worker Thembelihle didn’t hesitate to join the queue.