- President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed repatriated South Africans that were quarantined in Limpopo after returning from Wuhan, China
- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize revealed that none of the citizens tested positive for the coronavirus
- The government will now escort the citizens home amid a national lockdown
President Cyril Ramaphosa himself presided over the declaration that the Ranch quarantine site has concluded its work in housing repatriated citizens.
Speaking just outside of the quarantine site, Ramaphosa announced that the area has been declared a green zone:
"Having been briefed by the Minsiter of Health and by our military medical service officials, we are now able to declare the Ranch a green zone."
Ramaphosa said the students, crew members and medical personnel had all been placed under quarantine at the site after their return from China:
"Now, we have gone past the 14 days of quarantine and everyone in this facilitiy has been tested and has been found to be negative of coronavirus. And with that, Dr Mkhize has now confirmed that this area has now been declared a green zone."
Briefly.co.za reported that Limpopo residents had been up in arms over the decision to use the hotel as a venue, situated outside of the capital city Limpopo.
A petition against the quarantine site garnered thousands of signatures, but it seems as if all the hype was for nothing.
The efforts undertaken by the government has seen every person involved emerge Covid-19 free and the citizens will now be escorted home.
This is due to the current 21-day lockdown period, which has restricted the movement of citizens to accessing essential services.
Commenting on the situation at the hotel, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize commented:
"We are now able to declare the facility a green zone and that no one in quarantine had contracted coronavirus. All citizens from Wuhan and who have been in quarantine in Polokwane will return home today. The Ranch is now a green zone."
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