- The South African citizens have been repatriated after their flight touched down in Polokwane
- An estimated 146 citizens have finally arrived in Mzansi from Wuhan, China
- While the mission to bring them home has ended, the operation to keep them quarantined has begun
The plane carrying around 146 South Africans home from Wuhan, China has landed at Polokwane Airport.
The citizens arrived back on home soil on Saturday after members of the South African National Defense Force retrieved them from the centre of the coronavirus pandemic.
While the efforts of the team to bring them home has ended successfully, arguably the hardest task still lies ahead.
Briefly.co.za reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize recently did a site inspection of the Ranch Hotel, situated outside of Limpopo's capital Polokwane.
Amid immense public outcry over the quarantine facility, Mkhize had assured South Africans that strict military controls have been put into place to ensure that the new arrivals are kept far from nearby communities.
The minister revealed that those within the quarantine facility will have zero contact with the outside world, including staff members and military personnel:
“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."
Mkhize issued a stern word of warning against attempting to gain entry into the facility:
“Legal action will be taken against any individual who goes against the stipulated regulations in relation to quarantine."
Not even deliveries will be conducted in person, with a 'no man's land' strip established to allow for goods to be dropped off with zero contact between those outside the those inside the facility.
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