Coronavirus: Refusal to quarantine or isolate can lead to jail term

Coronavirus: Refusal to quarantine or isolate can lead to jail term

- South Africans cannot refuse quarantine or to self-isolate after testing positive for the coronavirus

- Covid-19 patients who refuse could be imprisoned for up to 10 years

- A Gauteng family fled from quarantine on Monday, but were nabbed by police on Tuesday

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South Africans who test positive for Covid-19 and refuse quarantine or self-isolation will face the wrath of the law.

According to constitutional law expert Prof Pierre de Vos, this would be deemed a criminal act and may result in prosecution.

De Vos explained, “If you refuse to test, isolate or quarantine, it’s considered a breach of guidelines and a criminal offence. You can be prosecuted and handed a harsh sentence of up 10 years.”

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DispatchLIVE reported that those who test positive also have a legal obligation to inform authorities of others they've been in contact with.

Health MEC Bandile Masuku was called into action earlier this week and applied the National Health Act. reported that a Gauteng family fled from quarantine after the mother and daughter tested positive for Covid-19.

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Fortunately, the hospital quickly notified authorities and a court order was applied for.

Police then swooped upon the family's residence and took them in, where they were then ushered into quarantine. understands that the father previously refused to be tested at the hospital.

As at Wednesday morning, South Africa recorded 116 positive cases for the coronavirus.

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