The South African citizens who were evacuated from Wuhan have returned home. While the efforts of the team to bring them home has ended successfully, arguably the hardest task still lies ahead.
Many South Africans had conflicting feelings over the return of the citizens, worrying that they might be infectious and spread the disease.
The 114 Wuhan repatriates were bussed off to the Ranch Hotel where they would be in quarantine.
Briefly.co.za learned that 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."
South Africans reacted on Twitter to the return of the citizens in the usual way. The two pilots who volunteered to fly the plane there and back have been hailed as heroes, while others question whether the citizens should have been brought back at all.
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