Employees sporting protecting go well with method a South African Airways Airbus A340-600 airplane on March 14, 2020 because it arrives in Polokwane, in Limpopo province, carrying South African residents who’ve been repatriated from Wuhan, China. GUILLEM SARTORIO / AFP
South Africa repatriated dozens of its residents from China on Saturday over the coronavirus, the well being ministry stated, the primary such transfer by a sub-Saharan nation.
The 146 South Africans have been working and learning in Wuhan metropolis, which was positioned underneath lockdown for round two months after the novel virus was first detected in December.
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They landed at Polokwane Worldwide Airport, in South Africa’s northern Limpopo province, the place they are going to be quarantined in a distant resort for 21 days.
Passengers step right into a bus on March 14, 2020 in Polokwane, in Limpopo province after disembarking from a South African Airways Airbus A340-600 airplane carrying South African residents who’ve been repatriated from Wuhan, China. AFP
“Flight LMG 755 from Wuhan city has landed with the South African citizens,” stated well being ministry spokesman Popo Maja stated.
“There are 146 South Africans on that flight, excluding the crew.”
The returnees will solely be launched after they get a clear invoice of well being on the finish of the necessary quarantine.
Authorities officers have assured that not one of the group are contaminated by the virus and that the quarantine measures are solely a precaution.
The complete screening, airlifting, quarantine operation is being led by the army.
Limpopo residents have criticised the federal government, claiming the quarantine web site is endangering folks residing across the space.
South Africa has discovered 24 constructive instances of coronavirus infections thus far — the very best in sub-Saharan Africa.
No deaths have been recorded thus far, and there haven’t but been any restrictions on journey or public gatherings.
The coronavirus pandemic has contaminated greater than 130,000 folks worldwide and killed round 5,000.