28 March 2020
SAPS WORKING WITH LIMPOPO HEALTH DEPARTMENT ARRESTS A COVID 19 PATIENT WHO FAILED TO QUARANTINE HIMSELF IN GAUTENG
The Limpopo Department of Health working with SAPS have arrested a man who tested for covid 19 and instead of self quarantining he left Gauteng to Limpopo where he interacted with other people. 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. Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba says her department will not hesitate to take in anyone who breaks the rules: “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, and those who must self quarantine and isolate also do so. Those who fail to observe these basics and expose our communities to danger will be taken in,” says MEC Ramathuba.
The MEC says her department is worried that her department might have its hands full dealing with potential of imported cases like these ones of people who deliberately ignored the call to lockdown. “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,” said MEC.
More arrests are expected on individuals who fails to self quarantine and isolate.