OR Tambo Airport grounds 14 flights from coronavirus high-risk countries

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Fourteen international flights from countries at high risk of the coronavirus have been grounded at the OR Tambo International Airport.

Spokesperson for the airport, Betty Maloka says only South African passengers and those with permanent residency permits are allowed to disembark while the rest of the passengers will be sent back to their the countries of origin.

“It will then be grounded at the airport until it can return to the country of origin, but South African citizens and permanent residence are allowed to disembark and they will go through a rigorous medical assessment. When the aircraft goes back it goes back with those passengers and those foreigners. There is no disruptions at the airport, both domestic and international, and this is only affecting international arrivals from those high risk countries.”

In the video below, Betty explains where the flights are from:

President Cyril Ramaphosa this week announced a travel ban to high risk areas like Italy, Germany, United States and Iran amongst others to stop the further spead of the virus to South Africa.

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In the video below, Mkhize speaks to the SABC News from the school: