JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - South Africa’s important bank has warned citizens towards scammers journeying homes to "take into account" banknotes and coins they said had been contaminated with the unconventional coronavirus.

The criminals carried fake identification badges and furnished false receipts to sufferers, who were instructed they could alternate the slips for "easy" cash at any financial institution.

The financial institution said in a assertion issued overdue Monday that it had "neither withdrawn any banknotes or coins nor issued any preparation handy in banknotes or coins that may be infected".

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"There presently is no proof that the COVID-19 virus is transmitted through the usage of banknotes and coins," said the assertion.

to date South Africa has recorded sixty two instances, the second one-highest wide variety of coronavirus infections in Africa after Egypt.

officially known as COVID-19, the virus has infected almost one hundred eighty,000 human beings worldwide and killed more than 7,000.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the last of schools and banned public gatherings after numbers greater than tripled over the weekend.

foreign nationals from exceptionally-affected nations will also be denied entry from Wednesday, as the majority of South Africa’s instances had these days travelled abroad.

Tricksters took advantage of frightened citizens on Monday, as many humans remained domestic and rushed to supermarkets to stock up on groceries.

South Africa’s biggest personal healthcare company Netcare warned that thieves, masquerading as doctors screening for coronavirus, had been going spherical trying to advantage get right of entry to into humans’s homes.

"Criminals are going to homes in various regions claiming to be from Netcare... With door-to-door screening for COVID-19," said a declaration with the aid of the Netcare organization.

"Please notice that workforce... Are not doing door-to-door COVID-19 screening."