Coronavirus: Mkhize warns names of runaway patients could be published

Coronavirus: Mkhize warns names of runaway patients could be published

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize is currently leading efforts to trace citizens who have come into contact with the coronavirus

- The politician spear-heading SA's response to the virus has warned that the government is capable of naming and shaming those who fail to come forward

- With South Africa entering a lockdown on Friday, every effort is being made to get the outbreak under control

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has warned that the government may publish the names of citizens who have contracted the virus.

This, according to Mkhize, will allow the department to effectively reduce the risk of contact with infected individuals.

Mkhize issued a warning after it emerged that five international travellers had come into contact with 200-300 churchgoers.

Mkhize says the publishing of names will allow the department to reduce the risk of contact and the spread of the virus.

READ ALSO: Coronavirus: Mkhize confirms 554 cases, warns more are expected

The tourists had attended a Divine Restoration Ministries conference in Bloemfontein and Mkhize urged them to come forward:

“We would like to request all those who have been part of that gathering to contact the department of health in the Free State, so we can start to the process of testing them and see if they need any medical attention."

However, Mkhize made it clear that the government would clamp down and expose their identities if they fail to do so:

“We want to make it a public call that the regulations allow us, if an individual does not come forth and has been a contact, and we think that his situation might pose a risk of infection to other people, we can publish a name to say those people who have been in contact must come forth."

Briefly.co.za reported that 554 confirmed cases in South Africa were noted by Mkhize during his address following President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement of a 21-day lockdown to curb the continued spread of the virus.

Coronavirus: Mkhize confirms 554 cases, warns more are expected Read more: https://briefly.co.za/58181-coronavirus-mkhize-confirms-554-cases-warns-expected.html

Source: Briefly.co.za

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