Coronavirus: SAMA says SA can't deal with mass quarantine

eNCA speaks to Chairperson for the South African Medical Asociation, Angelique Coetzee. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa says it's ready to deal with the coronavirus should it hit the country.

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) does, however, warn that SA doesn't have enough capacity to place people under quarantine.

Angelique Coetzee, Chairperson of the South African Medical Association says SA is as ready as it can be to deal with a coronavirus situation but the country cannot handle mass quarantine efforts.

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"The important quarantine is self-quarantine. It costs less to quarantine people in their specific surrounding rather than a large number on a ship or coming with a flight."

Coetzee says coronavirus is attacking people with low immune systems, including individuals with lung problems such as asthma, tuberculosis and chronic bronchitis.

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So far there have been no reports of infections.

South Africans living in China will remain there, for now.

Watch the full interview with SAMA chairperson Angelique Coetzee above.


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