Covid-19: Patients can no longer be forced into state quarantine

Covid-19: Patients can no longer be forced into state quarantine

- Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is facing yet another court loss relating to the lockdown

- This time, the government has been banned from forcing positive patients to go into quarantine

- This follows a ruling on Tuesday that declared the Level 3 and 4 lockdown regulations unconstitutional

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The judicial system has handed the government a second defeat in a row this week over the Covid-19 lockdown. reported that the Gauteng Hight Court had declared the Level 3 and 4 lockdown regulations were 'unconstitutional and invalid' on Tuesday.

Now, the North Gauteng High Court has prohibited the government from forcing any citizen that has tested positive for the virus into state quarantine facilities.

The Citizen reports that AfriForum had brought the case forward against Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

READ ALSO: Court declares Level 3,4 of lockdown 'unconstitutional and invalid'

This is now the second case that has seen Dlamini-Zuma's proclaimed restrictions declared illegal, with regulations 6 and 7 of the gazetted regulations regarding quarantine in the spotlight.

The court has now declared that a person is “only required to be quarantined or isolated at a state facility, or other designated quarantine site; when that person is unable to self-quarantine or self-isolate or refuses to do so, or violates the self-quarantine or self-isolation rules".

The order also dictates that a person requires access to a separate room in order to self-quarantine. No one else is permitted to enter this room.

In addition to this, the order determined that the person must have access to a health facility should their condition worsen.

Responding to this victory, AfriForum's Ernst Roets described the ruling as a huge win 'for justice and freedom'.

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