JOHANNESBURG - International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor says the group of German tourists who allegedly tested positive for the coronavirus will not be sent home yet.
The tourists were on their way to a Johannesburg hospital when the bus they were travelling in, broke down in the early hours of Friday morning.
They were then escorted to the hospital by authorities.
"To return them to their own countries will expose the crew, our staff at the border and etc to risk," Pandor said.
"So what we have said is once a person is positive and has visible symptoms of this pandemic, they will be placed in quarantine for the required period and can only then can be considered either for return home or residence somewhere in South Africa after they are cleared of COVID-19."
Meanwhile, the Department of Health has confirmed the first coronavirus related deaths in the country.
The number of coronavirus cases in the country have also passed the 1,000 mark.
South Africa has begun a 21-day national lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.