COVID: South Africa deploys army to help manage virus in Johannesburg/Pretoria

[What ridiculous, needless rubbish. Jan]

The military will assist with mass screening and testing, along with tracking and tracing programmes from Friday.

South Africa deployed army medical personnel in the commercial hub of Gauteng province to help state health-care deal with a surge in coronavirus cases.

The military will assist with mass screening and testing, along with tracking and tracing programmes from Friday, acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said in an online briefing.

Gauteng is currently the hardest-hit province in the country, accounting for about 60% of cases and averaging about 7 500 new infections daily, she said. The positivity rate in the province is more than 20%.

Kubayi-Ngubane said the decision to use army personnel was made after the province indicated it was in distress and needed additional resources. The deployment was agreed after a meeting with Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and President Cyril Ramaphosa, she said.

Gauteng recorded 7 502 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, out of a total of 11 767 cases nationally. On Wednesday, the nation recorded 13 246 new infections, the highest since January.

Source: https://www.moneyweb.co.za/news/south-africa/sa-deploys-army-to-help-manage-virus-in-commercial-hub/

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