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Coronavirus returnees should’ve been given some tough love

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The true heroes are the South Africans who have chosen to remain in China, instead of itching to return home and so put all of us at risk. 


05 Mar 2020
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Coronavirus returnees should’ve been given some tough love

Volunteers spray disinfectant with a robot at a residential area in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 3, 2020. The world has entered uncharted territory in its battle against the deadly coronavirus, the UN health agency warned, as new infections dropped dramatically in China on March 3 but surged abroad with the US death toll rising to six. (Photo by STR / AFP)

An unprecedented panic has gripped the world with the global spread of the coronavirus, with several governments whose citizens have been affected, responding impulsively. From the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand to even South Africa, countries have reacted by evacuating their citizens, some of whom have been infected. While there has been no cases within SA, two citizens working on the Diamond Princess cruise ship which docked in Japan, have tested positive. Government has undertaken to bring home those wishing to be repatriated from China – to reportedly be quarantined in a Free State hotel. The challenge is...

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