Burundi has launched a campaign of mass testing for the coronavirus in the country’s largest city, in a significant shift in policy for a nation which has largely ignored the dangers of the outbreak.

Many Bujumbura residents, including students, participated in the screening in three centres in the north, centre and south of the commercial capital on Monday.

The move is a change in tone by the government led by newly inaugurated President Evariste Ndayishimiye, who has indicated he is taking the outbreak more seriously than his late predecessor, Pierre Nkurunziza.

“With this campaign, we are working to provide access to screening for those people could not in the past and we feel that now is the time that we can work together on this problem,”

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