Court rules government cannot force COVID-19 patients into quarantine

A medical practitioner awaits for a patient to test for COVID-19 in Alexandra township, residents gathered to be screened and tested for coronavirus, the campaign is targeting Johannesburg epicenter. 

A medical practitioner awaits for a patient to test for COVID-19 in Alexandra township, residents gathered to be screened and tested for coronavirus, the campaign is targeting Johannesburg epicenter. 

Reuters

JOHANNESBURG - Government can no longer force anyone into state quarantine.

The High Court in Pretoria has ruled that people who can self-isolate at home must be allowed to do so.

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But if quarantine is broken, they can then be forced into a state facility.

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The case was brought by rights group AfriForum, against Cooperative Governance Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

It's another defeat for lockdown regulations set out by the National Coronavirus Command Council.

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