A huge media contingent at the Gateway international Airport at Polokwane in Limpopo welcomed the arrival of 121 South African citizens repatriated from Wuhan, in China, the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The 121 expatriates arrived inside the country on Saturday, followed via members of the South African countrywide Defence force and South African airlines.
they will be quarantined on the Ranch hotel and hotel in Polokwane, where police and military personnel have been stationed since earlier in the week.
The authorities initially received more than 180 requests from South Africans in Wuhan to be repatriated to South Africa, but more than 60 of them finally changed their minds and decided to stay in China because of contractual obligations.
The repatriated citizens would be quarantined in South Africa for an initial period of 21 days, which could be extended should any individual display symptoms of Covid-19 at the identified site.
On Friday, health minister Zweli Mkhize announced that 24 people have up to now tested positive for the deadly virus in the country. All have traveled abroad recently.
Mkhize said the health department is still expecting greater results of those who have tested for Covid-19.
“At this point, I wish to also bring it to your attention that there are more positive results that have come out. The NICD and NHLS are now verifying the facts and these results. Thereafter we will make a formal announcement,” defined Mkhize in his announcement.
The virus was first said in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and the world health organization has since declared its outbreak as a global health emergency and of late a pandemic.