In a statement, the Limpopo Health Department revealed that the man had tested for the virus in Gauteng but when his results came out positive, tracers were unable to locate him. The patient was subsequently found and arrested in Limpopo. Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba had earlier in the week urged Limpopo residents to remain in Gauteng and other provinces, to prevent the spread of the virus to Limpopo’s under resourced rural areas. Ramathuba has warned that 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” she said.
Several communities have blatantly disregarded the regulations as per the national lockdown, with Police Minister Bheki Cele revealing that 55 people have since been arrested.
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa stand at 1170, with one death. An initial statement from the department had stated that two patients from the Western Cape had died as a result of the virus, however it has been found that the second patient’s death was due to another condition.
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