- The South African government said necessary arrangements have been put in place to facilitate the return of citizens who are currently in China
- Ramaphosa said his government still has confidence in China and expressed sincere gratitude to the people China for their assistance and support
- The dreaded pandemic has so far affected more than 80 000 people in over 40 countries
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered for repatriation of all South African citizens in China's city of Wahun which has been hit by the coronavirus.
The dreaded pandemic has so far affected more than 80 000 people in over 40 countries, a situation that compelled World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
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The government of SA in a statement directing repatriation of its citizens from the coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan said necessary arrangements have been put in place to facilitate their return and reception of those citizens.
"The Departments of Health and Defence will deploy healthcare personnel and supporting staff to provide assistance during the repatriation and quarantine processes," read the statement.
Ramaphosa, however, stated his government still has confidence in China and expressed sincere gratitude to the people China for their assistance and support offered to South African citizens.
As Ramaphosa takes the bold step to evacuate South African citizens from Wuhan, Kenyan authorities have remained reluctant to repatriate 100 students who are stuck in the same city.
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Meanwhile, the Saudi Arabia government has started restricting visitors to the holy city of Mecca
This aims to ensure the virus does not find its way into the well-populated city.
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