South African citizens who are living under lockdown conditions in Wuhan – the coronavirus epicenter – are set to be repatriated. Most of the citizens who are looking forward to coming back home are students who have completed their studies in Wuhan.
Unfortunately, they have found themselves under lockdown conditions, and this is because Wuhan was the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak.
” It is for this reason that the repatriation process has to be carried out in three phases; namely evacuation, quarantine and reunification; to ensure that there is no risk of further spread of COVID-19 from this particular process.” The governments report in a statement.
“The flight will leave Wuhan City at the early hours of the morning and land back in South Africa on 13 March 2020. In due course, announcements will be made about the arrival of the South Africans home.”
“We urge the South Africans to welcome these fellow citizens with warm hands as they begin to rebuild their lives in the country after what has been a very trying time for most repatriates.” as the statement read.
“After the stopover in the Philippines, the aircraft will fly to Wuhan City. Upon arrival, the team will work with our Chinese counterparts but also the staff of our embassy in China, screening our repatriates and checking required travel documents. The flight will leave Wuhan City in the early hours of the morning and land back in South Africa on Friday the 13th.”
The Government has pointed out that 122 South Africans will be repatriated from Wuhan, China.