Coronavirus: Repatriated citizens all test negative for virus

Coronavirus: Repatriated citizens all test negative for virus

- Limpopo residents can breathe easy and stop stressing about the quarantine centre near their provincial capital

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize recently provided an update to ease fears over the repatriated citizens in their province

- All South Africans who arrived home from Wuhan, China have tested negative for the virus

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When Limpopo residents heard that the coronavirus quarantine centre would be based just outside of Polokwane, many had been outraged.

The government underwent a mission to return citizens from the epicentre of the virus back to South Africa.

When the Ranch Hotel was revealed as the eventual home for these citizens, thousands criticised the move. reported that a petition had garnered 10 000 signatures in the space of a few hours, urging the state to reconsider the site with no confirmed cases in the region at the time.

Now, it has emerged that the fears had been misplaced with a rare snippet of good news when it comes to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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In a statement released by the Department of Health, Minister Zweli Mkhize revealed all those who had been repatriated had tested negative:

“It gives us great pleasure to announce to South Africans that all the citizens from Wuhan were tested and their results came back negative for Covid-19."

However, those within the quarantine site will still be held until all risk of transmission has been eliminated:

“We continue to keep them in quarantine for the prescribed period and will thereafter initiate the process of reunifying them with the community.”

While this news will surely be welcomed by concerned residents, the situation in South Africa continues to escalate.

Mkhize announced the number of cases in the country has spiked to 85, with eight new cases having been transmitted locally.

Citizens are urged to avoid public places and continue practising good hygiene during the outbreak.

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