Coronavirus in SA: Not if, but when says expert

Government will evacuate South Africans from Wuhan in China, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. Courtesy #DStv403 #Reuters

JOHANNESBURG - It's not a matter of if, but when the coronavirus will arrive in South Africa.

That's the word from the South African Medical Association's Dr Angelique Coetzee.

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"It’s not if its going, it is going to come, it is when it’s going to come. It’s important to understand If you think you have the virus you cannot come into my surgery, I’d have to try you via telephone, skype, besides coming physically into the surgery."

Government has announced it will evacuate South Africans from Wuhan in China, the epicentre of the outbreak.

The evacuees will be quarantined for 21 days.

The government says South Africans being brought back home from China are coronavirus free.

A spokesperson for the Presidency, Khusela Diko, explains.

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"We can confirm that President Cyril Ramaphosa has directed that SA citizens in Wuhan province in China are repatriated back to SA. Cabinet took this decision following representation and request from individuals and their families."

Diko says none of them has been diagnosed with a coronavirus.

"Upon arrival, they will be quarantined for 21 days as an additional precautionary measure."

A total of 132 out of 199 have requested repatriation.

Watch the full interview with the South African Medical Association's Dr Angelique Coetzee for more details.

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