MTN Business, the business services subsidiary of the pan-African telecommunications company, has announced that it has donated 5,000 smartphones to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) field workers in the Limpopo province in South Africa. The mobile phones, each preloaded with 3GB of data for Internet access, will be distributed to field workers by the Limpopo Provincial Department of Health.

The smartphones will be used by the field workers to conduct tests, screening of citizens, and tracing of people that may have come into contact with patients that have been found to have COVID-19.

“We believe that the provision of these devices will help national relief efforts and provide field workers – who are at the coalface of fighting this pandemic – with the tools needed to communicate and effectively carry out their duties,” said Matthew Khumalo, General Manager: Regional Operations at MTN Business in South Africa.

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Khumalo added that smartphones were identified as essential equipment that health and field workers required in the fight to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Latest statistics from South Africa's National Institute of Communicable Diseases show that the Limpopo province has 54 confirmed cases of the virus, 3 deaths and 28 recoveries. The number of confirmed cases nationally across South Africa has increased to 11,350 with 206 lives lost.

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