South Africa’s army is calling up registered health care practitioners to join the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic, local media reported on Monday. 

According to local daily The Times, the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) said doctors, nurses, emergency care providers, and clinical associates are needed to reinforce existing medical teams.

“The SAMHS is reinforcing, regrouping and strengthening its medical capacity in the wake of the national state of disaster,” read a statement published by The Times.

The report said the recruitment drive will continue until June 23.

South Africa has 1,655 COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths

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