Flights from high-risk COVID-19 countries isolated at OR Tambo

File: Passengers are seen at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.

File: Passengers are seen at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Reuters

JOHANNESBURG - Airport Company South Africa has confirmed that some international flights from high-risk countries are being asked to return.

ACSA says only South Africans are being allowed to disembark.

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The aircrafts are being taken to isolated bays, where the health department will conduct screening procedures.

Thereafter arrangements will be made for all foreign passengers to return to their countries.

"Please be advised that foreign nationals will not be permitted to disembark. The aircraft will be contained at an isolated bay with all officials ensuring the utmost care is taken. We are working with the airline to ensure that foreign nationals return to the country of origin," the airport said.

South Africa has issued a travel ban on people from high-risk countries affected by the coronavirus.

The ban been issued to foreign nationals from Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and China as of last Wednesday.

Visas from those countries have been cancelled and previously approved visas have been revoked.

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There are currently 150 reported cases of coronavirus in South Africa.

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