- Germany has had to send chartered aircraft to collect citizens who were denied entry into South Africa
- The AIDAmira cruise liner was berthed in Cape Town while authorities awaited the results of coronavirus tests
- Out of the 1 750 passengers and crew members, 1 243 were German citizens
Germany has sent four chartered aircraft to Cape Town in order to collect citizens from a cruise ship.
The liner had berthed in the city with 1 750 passengers and crew members, 1 243 of whom were German citizens.
Those aboard the AIDAmira ship were stranded for four days with six passengers waiting for the results of coronavirus tests.
TimesLIVE reports that the passengers in question had boarded a flight to Cape Town from Istanbul, coming into contact with another individual who later showed symptoms relating to Covid-19.
On Wednesday, the quarantine put into place was lifted when the passengers tested negative.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula commented on Friday that the German government had sent empty planes in order to take passengers home:
“The crew will not be permitted to disembark but will await the arrival of the German nationals, who will be escorted from the AIDAmira and on to the plane,” said a transport ministry statement.
Briefly.co.za reported that Mbalula had announced the regulations his department had put into place to help limit the spread of the virus.
These new regulations included a total ban on cruise ships, preventing them from departing from or entering South Africa.
This comes as Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed his suspicions that the number of confirmed cases in SA would rise above 200 before the weekend.
Speaking during a press briefing on Friday, Mkhize confirmed that the country now has a total of 202 verified cases of the coronavirus.
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