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S.Africa’s mass testing hits limits as virus spreads

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | With an expert flick of the wrist, South African nurse Bhelekazi Mdlalose collected throat swabs from young men lining up for coronavirus testing at a run-down hostel in downtown Johannesburg. Health workers were sent to the overcrowded block of single-room flats — mainly occupied by men from rural areas …

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Over 10,000 coronavirus cases in South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has topped 10,000, including 194 fatalities, Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced on Sunday. “As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 10,015, the minister said in a statement. “We note with concern that the …

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South Africa rolls out mobile testing in virus lockdown

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  South African public healthcare workers dispersed into the buzzing streets of Johannesburg’s Yeoville neighbourhood on Friday as Africa’s worst virus-hit country rolled out mass door-to-door testing for COVID-19. Armed with screening questionnaires and testing kits, medics and volunteers set up their testing station on the front …

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Warning of long battle as Africa’s virus numbers rise

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Sub-Saharan Africa recorded its second coronavirus death on Friday as infections rose in South Africa, where the government warned bluntly of a long haul in the fight against the disease. Despite stringent restrictions ranging from flight bans to school closures, countries south of the Sahara …

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Nigeria, South Africa step up fight against virus in Africa

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP |  African countries led by Nigeria and South Africa have ramped up action against the coronavirus after the continent recorded its first fatality. Nigeria said Thursday it would shut schools and limit religious meetings in its economic hub Lagos and capital Abuja, while South Africa, the continent’s …

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South Africa’s mining, tourism brace for virus buffeting

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South Africa may still have relatively few confirmed coronavirus cases but the flailing economy’s two major foreign exchange earners —  mining and tourism — are bracing to take a hit. China holds a special place in the economy of Africa’s most industrialised country which slid …

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