- The protest against the coronavirus quarantine centre in Limpopo has continued on Friday
- A petition calling on the government to reconsider has garnered over 9 300 signatures
- However, it remains unlikely that the operation to house repatriated citizens in the centre will be halted
South Africans, at least 9 300 of them, are rioting against the government's decision to house 122 repatriated citizens at the Ranch Resort in Limpopo.
Titled 'Limpopo is not a dumping place for Covid-19', a petition was started on Change.org by Rosinah Rammala calling for the state to retract the decision, reports TimesLIVE.
Rammala voiced concern over the 'wellness' of people in the province, claiming that staff at the hotel had been forced to sign consent forms to not leave the premises during the entire stay of the evacuees.
Briefly.co.za reported that the operation to fetch South Africans in Wuhan, China is estimated to have cost R25 million, according to President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The government has clarified that both the citizens and those tasked with looking after them would be held in quarantine to ensure any chances of them transmitting the virus are eliminated.
Commenting during a site visit to the hotel, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize explained that:
“The requirements are that there will be a perimeter line monitored by the military. It will be a no-entry zone. Those who are under quarantine will not be allowed to leave the area. They will be allowed to move freely within the perimeter, though authorities will discourage group meetings. No family members, friends or associates of those under quarantine may visit the zone."
To allow for the collection of goods, a 'no man's land' has been established. Absolutely no contact will be made between those within the quarantine area and people who deliver packages.
Mkhize issued a word of warning to those who may consider attempting to enter the zone:
“Legal action will be taken against any individual who goes against the stipulated regulations in relation to quarantine."
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