South Africa’s central financial institution has warned residents towards scammers visiting properties to “recall” banknotes and cash they mentioned have been contaminated with the novel coronavirus.
The criminals carried faux identification badges and offered false receipts to victims, who have been informed they might change the slips for “clean” money at any financial institution.
The financial institution mentioned in an announcement issued late Monday that it had “neither withdrawn any banknotes or coins nor issued any instruction to hand in banknotes or coins that may be contaminated”.
“There currently is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus is transmitted through the use of banknotes and coins,” mentioned the assertion.
To date, South Africa has recorded 62 instances, the second-highest variety of coronavirus infections in Africa after Egypt.
Officially referred to as COVID-19, the virus has contaminated virtually 180,000 individuals worldwide and killed greater than 7,000.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has introduced the closing of faculties and banned public gatherings after numbers greater than tripled over the weekend.
Foreign nationals from highly-affected international locations can even be denied entry from Wednesday, as nearly all of South Africa’s instances had not too long ago travelled overseas.
Tricksters took benefit of nervous residents on Monday, as many individuals remained residence and rushed to supermarkets to fill up on groceries.
South Africa’s largest personal healthcare supplier Netcare warned that thieves, masquerading as docs screening for coronavirus, have been going round attempting to achieve entry into individuals’s properties.
“Criminals are going to homes in various areas claiming to be from Netcare… with door-to-door screening for COVID-19,” mentioned an announcement by the Netcare group.
“Please note that staff… are not doing door-to-door COVID-19 screening.”