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Coronavirus: Ramaphosa Orders Evacuation Of South Africans From China

File: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa


President Cyril Ramaphosa has directed the repatriation of South African residents from Wuhan metropolis in Hubei province, China.

Cupboard has selected this plan of action after due consideration of the circumstances and following a number of requests from the households of South Africans within the metropolis.

In accordance with an announcement on Thursday, it’s estimated that there are 199 South African residents in Wuhan as per the newest consolidated listing from the Division of Worldwide Relations and Cooperation.

The federal government’s assertion additional revealed that at this stage, 132 of these in Wuhan have expressed the need to be repatriated.

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“These compatriots are at present residing below lockdown circumstances following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

“Not one of the affected people has been recognized with the virus nor have they exhibited any signs thereof. Upon arrival in South Africa, they are going to be positioned in quarantine for 21 days as an extra precautionary measure.

“The federal government has been in fixed communication with the households of all affected people and related departments have made the mandatory preparations to obtain them.

“The Departments of Well being and Defence will deploy healthcare personnel and supporting workers to supply help in the course of the repatriation and quarantine processes. The Division of Worldwide Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will deploy consular companies personnel to supply consular help.

“Division of Dwelling Affairs (DHA) will present immigration companies.

‘Division of Social Growth (DSD) will provide trauma counselling and assist. Additional particulars on this regard will likely be communicated by the related line operate ministries.

“The World Well being Group (WHO) declared the outbreak of the virus, which set in movement coordination efforts worldwide, in addition to the implementation of strict surveillance measures, as a Public Well being Emergency of Worldwide Concern. The COVID-19 virus (Corona Virus), was first reported in Wuhan, China in November 2019,” the communique partly learn.

On behalf of his folks, President Ramaphosa additionally expressed solidarity with the folks and authorities of China, he additionally expressed honest gratitude to the Chinese language Authorities and folks for his or her help and assist throughout this era and reiterated South Africa’s confidence in China’s capacity to manage the outbreak of the virus, as evidenced by amongst others, the commendable progress made up to now.

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