South African citizens to remain in China: Mkhize

Coronavirus has entered Africa with Egypt confirming its first case of Covid-19. South Africa still remains Coronavirus free. To discuss the measures in place to ensure the country stays that way, Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize spoke to Jane Dutton about this. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - South African citizens living in China will remain in that country for now.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said the decision to not repatriate them is to avoid spreading the disease.

No South African has been infected with the virus.

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The minister said the International Relations Department is in contact with citizens.

"The spread of such an outbreak requires limitation of movement of people, sometimes keeping people where they are, away from the people who are infected is the safest way of dealing with the disease," he said.

"In this case, South Africans who are in China, none of them reported that they are in any specific risk, there is more panic for people who are outside of the country, which is understandable," added Mkhize.

So far, the COVID-19 virus has infected more than 72,000 people and killed nearly 1,900.


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