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6 Mar 2020
6:05 am

Govt secures repatriation aircraft for South Africans in Wuhan

Citizen reporter

A total of 184 South Africans have indicated their desire to be repatriated back home due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Medical staff wearing protective clothing to protect against the deadly Covid-19 virus in Wuhan. / AFP / HECTOR RETAMAL

An aircraft with the capacity to bring back South Africans from the coronavirus hit Wuhan City in China has been secured. “An interdisciplinary team of relevant departments – including health, home affairs, social development and the defence force – will form part of the repatriation team from China to South Africa,” the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) said. The team will work with Chinese authorities to screen the South Africans before they depart the epicentre of Wuhan. “With the support of the South African embassy in China, a ground transport plan is being put in place to ensure...