Limpopo not dumping site: Plan for coronavirus quarantine site slammed

Limpopo not dumping site: Plan for coronavirus quarantine site slammed

- Citizens are up in arms over reports of Limpopo being eyed as a possible venue for a coronavirus quarantine centre

- Many have called on the government to seek out other options instead of risking the virus spreading in the region

- This comes as the mission to repatriate South Africans living in Wuhan gets underway

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South Africans have raised their concern over Limpopo being considered for a possible location for a coronavirus quarantine centre.

The Citizen reports that the ANC Youth League in the province have rejected the alleged motion, adamant that they will protest the move.

This has resulted in numerous citizens slamming the idea, calling on the state to seek out alternatives. reported that the South African National Defence Force is currently undergoing a mission to bring home citizens living in Wuhan, China.

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The region is considered the epicentre of the outbreak, which has since been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

The WHO made the announcement on Wednesday evening, adamant that the continued spread of the virus was due to inaction over combating new infections.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has commented on the R25 million operation to return citizens in the region to South Africa, adamant that they would not be spreading the disease on their arrival.

Plans are in place to quarantine those who return on their arrival, ensuring that they do not enter the general populace while carrying the virus.

Security measures will include a strong military presence to avoid contact with nearby communities according to Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize.

With the number of infections spiking from seven to 13 this week, with all new cases recently having travelled overseas, citizens evidently aren't impressed with the decision to place one of these quarantine centres in Limpopo.

Thus far, the province has managed to avoid any cases, with Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape affected.

Take a look at just a few of South African responses to the situation below:

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