SA’s Covid-19 fight gets a nifty hi-tech weapon

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SA’s Covid-19 fight gets a nifty hi-tech weapon

Mpumalanga deploys geo-mapping tool used by international agency to fight Ebola in West Africa

Senior reporter

An international healthcare geo-mapping tool used to fight Ebola outbreaks in West Africa has become a vital part of SA’s Covid-19 arsenal.

The tool, used by the international healthcare agency Right-To-Care to help several West African governments track Ebola hot spots, is now being deployed by the Mpumalanga government to fight the spread of coronavirus.

The system uses data collected from Covid-19 community screenings and testing, along with information from the health department, Stats SA and the Surveyor General’s Office, to determine, through modelling and visualisation computer systems, where hot spots could develop, and aid in the planning of responses to infection surges...

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