As the nation observes the dramatic reception of over a hundred expats who had been in China’s Wuhan city, government is being criticised for its handling of the Coronavirus. The DA initially criticised government for saying it was not necessary to repatriate people from China. Now the Economic Freedom Fighters is accusing government of being reckless in its handling of the virus. The party said in a statement the government must quarantine the 24 people infected with the virus instead of allowing them to self-quarantine. The party says that the 24 are not monitored by authorities allows them to move anytime and that could expose other people to the virus.
The EFF believes the 24 pose more danger of spreading the virus than the 130 who just returned from China all of whom have tested negative. National spokesperson Delisile Ngwenya said in the statement the 24 infected people posed more danger to the nation than those who have been repatriated from China.
“It is ironic that over 130 South Africans from Wuhan who have been confirmed not to be infected will be under forced, state quarantine. Yet, people who are infected are allowed to “self-quarantine”. This shows the inconsistency and absolute incompetence South African government policy on the spread of the virus”, said Ngwenya.
“If 130 individuals who are confirmed not to be infected can be quarantined because they come from a country infested with the virus, how much more about people who are in fact infected? The risk does not come from the 130 South Africans from China, it comes from infected persons allowed by the authorities to self-quarantine”, she added.
Meanwhile one of the sixteen students who returned from China last week has questioned government’s testing methods. Ruth as she identifies herself in a video doing the rounds on social media, claims they never undertook any tests beyond just temperature checks
The EFF says since South Africa does not have specialized facilities Robben Island can be ideal for the quarantine and treatment of those infected with the virus. ” It is clear that South Africa does not have a special Coronavirus facility to commit the infected persons to. This, Robben Island or a special facility must be immediately identified and prepared for medical care of all persons infected with Coronavirus”, said Ngwenya.