Coronavirus: The pilot who will bring South Africans home from Wuhan

Coronavirus: The pilot who will bring South Africans home from Wuhan

- Meet Captain Vusi Khumalo, the commander of the Airbus A340-600 Series flight

- The seasoned pilot has been tasked with bringing back 120 South Africans from Wuhan

- Captain Khumalo has been with the South African Airways (SAA) since 1994

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On Tuesday, the plane tasked with repatriating South Africans from the Covid-19 coronavirus epicentre in Wuhan, China, left Mzansi.

According to an article by TimesLive, one of SA's most seasoned pilots has taken up the responsibility to bring the citizens home.

Captain Vusi Khumalo has been a South African Airways (SAA) pilot since 1994 and he is the commander of the Airbus A340-600 Series flight.

SAA's spokesperson Tlali Tlali said:

“The staff on the charter volunteered their service and participation and the necessary counselling and education on the virus and the risks associated with it was communicated to staff."

Take a look at a video of President Ramaphosa greeting Captain Khumalo and his team ahead of their flight on Tuesday:

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When the crew and 151 members of the South African Defence Force return home with the repatriated South Africans, everyone will be placed in quarantine for 21 days at an isolated location.

Earlier, reported Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced four new cases of the coronavirus in South Africa. In a statement released to update citizens on the development, the minister confirmed that:

"Today, 12 March 2020, South Africa now has 17 confirmed cases of Covid-19. This is an additional 4 cases from yesterday."

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