The Democratic Alliance has called on government to institute a mandatory self-quarantine period of 14 days for all travelers coming into South Africa from high-risk countries, whether they are symptomatic of the coronavirus, or not.
This as President Cyril Ramaphosa convenes a special cabinet meeting on Sunday to discuss ways of intensifying the battle against the virus.
The number of confirmed cases in South Africa has now increased to 38. At least 140-thousand people have been diagnosed with Covid19 across the globe – with over five-thousand deaths. The World Health Organization says Europe is now the epicentre of the pandemic – which originated in China.
DA Shadow Health Minister, Siviwe Gwarube, says measures need to be put in place to protect the lives of South Africans.
Return of SA Citizens from Wuhan
The South African citizens who have returned to South Africa from Wuhan in China have been safely transported to the Ranch Hotel in Polokwane, Limpopo.
The group, including 14 medical professionals and volunteers were transported in a convoy to the quarantine zone. The Health Department says they have all tested negative for COVID-19.
They will however be at the quarantine location for 21 days as a precaution.