Coronavirus: Arrested Gauteng man fled to Limpopo after catching virus

Coronavirus: Arrested Gauteng man fled to Limpopo after catching virus

- A Covid-19 positive Gauteng man has been arrested after failing to quarantine

- The infected man fled to Tzaneen, Limpopo after the national lockdown was announced

- This comes after Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced citizens could face charges if caught in public with the virus

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A Gauteng man has been taken into police custody after testing positive for the coronavirus and then fleeing to another province.

SowetanLIVE reports that the man had fled to Tzaneen in Limpopo after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the national 21-day lockdown.

Commenting on the situation Limpopo Health Department spokesperson Neil Sikwambana said the police had collaborated with the government to swiftly apprehend the man:

“His results came out positive and tracer teams in Gauteng struggled to locate him until he was found in Limpopo. Where the Health Department acted swiftly to have the man arrested and taken into isolation."

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The province's health MEC Phophi Ramathuba warned that those who fail to act responsibly are endangering communities:

“Being an under-resourced province, the only way we can win this battle is to ensure that those who must be screened and tested do so. Those who fail to observe these basics and expose our communities to danger will be taken in."

Citizens who fail to quarantine and isolate themselves would also face arrest vowed Ramathuba:

“The inter movements of people between provinces will obviously bear consequences as we have said. We just have to be prepared to fight hard because for now there is nothing we can do about it, it is what it is." reported that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize had revealed the government could release the names of citizens who fail to quarantine during this vital time.

A 52-year-old KZN man is facing attempted murder charges after he was caught continuing with work and life as usual despite having the virus.

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