South Africans returned from virus-hit Wuhan
Polokwane, South Africa: South Africa repatriated dozens of its citizens from China on Saturday over the coronavirus, the health ministry said, the first such move by a sub-Saharan country.
The 114 South Africans were working and studying in Wuhan city, which was placed under lockdown for around two months after the novel coronavirus was first detected in December.
They landed at Polokwane International Airport in South Africa’s northern Limpopo province, where they will be quarantined in a remote resort for a maximum of 21 days, authorities said.
“Flight LMG 755 from Wuhan city has landed with the South African citizens,” said health ministry spokesman Popo Maja.
President Cyril Ramaphosa ordered the repatriation late last month, after the anxious families of several South Africans in Wuhan asked the government to evacuate them.
The plane left South Africa late on Tuesday and flew to the Philippines, where it docked for a few days before flying to Wuhan on Friday.
The returnees were met by a team of health officials in white medical protective suits. – AFP