- The Economic Freedom Fighters have slammed the state for allowing citizens with the coronavirus to self-quarantine
- The party called for a quarantine centre to be established for all who test positive for the virus
- In addition to this, the EFF called for travel bans in the wake of a global pandemic
The Economic Freedom Fighters have criticised the current method the government is using to combat the spread of the coronavirus in South Africa.
In a statement released on the situation, the EFF called for the immediate quarantine of all infected individuals:
"The EFF calls for the immediate quarantine of all coronavirus infected persons. According to the Department of Health, South African has 24 confirmed cases of coronavirus; all these 24 individuals have been allowed to self-quarantine. This means there is no supervision whatsoever of their activities or any guarantee that they have indeed quarantined."
The party found it ironic that the South Africans repatriated from Wuhan would be under strict military surveillance, while those who are already infected are allowed to self-quarantine:
"It is ironic that over 130 South Africans from Wuhan who have been confirmed not to be infected will be under forced, state quarantine. Yet, people who are infected are allowed to 'self-quarantine'. This shows the inconsistency and absolute incompetence South African government policy on the spread of the virus."
The Red Berets called for a special facility to be earmarked specifically for the treatment of those with the virus:
"We call for the immediate quarantine of all who are infected; preferably in Robben Island. It is clear that South Africa does not have a special Coronavirus facility to commit the infected persons to. This, Robben Island or a special facility must be immediately identified and prepared for medical care of all persons infected with Coronavirus."
The current method was labelled as both irresponsible and dangerous:
"It is irresponsible and utterly dangerous for the government to allow unmonitored self-quarantine. This did not work in other countries and will obviously not work here."
The party further called for travel restrictions to be put into place in a bid to prevent further infections:
"Coronavirus will sweep all over our country with a supersonic speed, all because the government lacked the courage to quarantine the infected. Finally, we call for a ban on all travels from coronavirus infected countries, in particular Europe."
Briefly.co.za reported that Mmusi Maimane had also called for travel restrictions, urging President Cyril Ramaphosa to take decisive action.
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