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S.African virus carriers charged with attempted murder for not isolating

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Added 26th March 2020 01:42 PM

"Two people have been charged already who deliberately moved around after they were told" not to, he warned.

S.African virus carriers charged with attempted murder for not isolating

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"Two people have been charged already who deliberately moved around after they were told" not to, he warned.

SOUTH AFRICA CORONAVIRUS

South African police have charged two men with attempted murder for allegedly continuing to go out after they tested positive for the coronavirus, exposing others to the infection.

Police minister Bheki Cele announced the charges on Wednesday during a press conference detailing the enforcement of an incomong lockdown meant to curb the spread of coronavirus.

"If you break these laws of regulations you are six months in, or fined, or both," said Cele. 

"Two people have been charged already who deliberately moved around after they were told" not to, he warned.

"So it's not a fairytale to say the law will act and act very harsh on you."

 embers of the outh frican olice ervices  wearing a mask amid concerns over the spread of the 19 coronavirus gather ahead of a volunteer drive in the densely populated iepsloot township in ohannesburg on arch 21 2020 olunteers distributed soap bars and informative leaflets to the resident in a move aimed to bolster awareness of the risk of poor hygiene    Members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) wearing a mask amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus gather ahead of a volunteer drive in the densely populated Diepsloot township in Johannesburg, on March 21, 2020. Volunteers distributed soap bars and informative leaflets to the resident in a move aimed to bolster awareness of the risk of poor hygiene. MARCO LONGARI / AFP

 

The first case was a 52-year old salon owner diagnosed with coronavirus on March 18 and instructed to quarantine for at least 14 days.

Police spokesperson Vish Naidoo said local officials raised the alert on Tuesday after the man was seen around the western city of Ladysmith, in KwaZulu-Natal province.

"(He) allegedly continued with his business... and in doing so disregarded the instructions by a doctor," Naidoo said, adding that the man had since been arrested and taken to hospital.

The second charge was filed against a male tourist who tested positive for COVID-19 while on holiday at Kruger National Park.

 

Naidoo said the man ignored instructions to remain in his hotel and went to the nearby town of Saint Lucia, where he interacted "with an unknown number of people".

South Africa has recorded the highest number of coronavirus infections on the continent, with 709 cases confirmed so far.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 21-day lockdown after the number of infections multiplied six-fold in just eight days.

Only "essential" trips to grocery stores, pharmacies and medical appointments will be permitted during the lockdown, which will be enforced by army troops.

"The simplest and best way to combat the spread of the coronavirus is STAY HOME," the police said in a statement on Wednesday.

"It is exactly that stubborn behaviour that has caused us a national lockdown."

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