Coronavirus: South Africa's plan to bring 151 people home from Wuhan

Coronavirus: South Africa's plan to bring 151 people home from Wuhan

- South Africa has a plan to bring back 151 citizens from Wuhan, China

- The plan will have three parts - evacuation, quarantine and reunification

- Only those who are tested and are not infected will be allowed to return to South Africa

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Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize has shared his plan to repatriate 151 citizens who are currently in the city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus, covid-19, outbreak.

His plan also prepares for the citizens arrival and quarantine to prevent a potential outbreak in South Africa. learned that 151 of the 201 South African's living in Wuhan have elected to return home. 16 citizens said they would prefer to stay in Wuhan and the remaining 34 still need to be contacted.

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Mkhize made it clear that those returning will be presumed to be healthy and the quarantine is simply a extra measure to protect the wider population.

South Africans living in other parts of China are not included in the repatriation plan according to

"We have noted that other areas of China do not represent a high risk for exposure to Covid-19 and so the citizens under lockdown in Wuhan have been prioritised," Mkhize said.

The plan will be executed in three parts, evacuation, quarantine and reunification.

"All South African citizens from Wuhan city that wish to be repatriated will be accommodated and brought back in a chartered aircraft under strict quarantine protocols that will be enforced," Mkhize said.

A medical team will greet the passengers on the plane for pre-flight and in-flight evaluations. Those to are suspected of being ill will be left in the treatment of the Chinese health system.

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Once in South Africa, the repatriated citizens will be under strict quarantine.

"Should the patient test positive for coronavirus they would immediately be transferred to a designated referral facility.
"Should there be multiple cases of coronavirus, the project would be escalated to a multi-isolation system whereby quarantine members would then be confined to their rooms for the entire duration," Mkhize said.

Once the quarantine is over the citizens will be given a counselling session and be allowed to leave and join their families. However, they will be in contact with health officials to monitor them.

Mkhize made a plea to people to stop circulating fake news to prevent unnecessary panic.

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