The group of South Africans lived in seclusion in Wuhan, the epicenter of the Covid-19 coronavirus that broke out in China last year. The city has been in isolation since January 27.
It has not yet been confirmed with certainty how many South Africans will later arrive at The Ranch Estate outside Polokwane, Limpopo.
Ahmed Bham, Deputy Director of Emergency and Disaster Management of the Department of Health, who is leading the team of specialists on board, explained in a video of the department the process that will follow when they arrive in China.
“The Chinese authorities will test them again first and we will also set up our own test point before boarding the plane.”
Bham says the South Africans will sit on the plane as far apart as possible and groups will also use different toilets and keep them apart.
“When we arrive at the designated airport, they will be tested again on the plane before the door is opened. They are then taken to the place of quarantine.”
Our repatriation team are acknowledging all our messages of support and are in high spirits the minister said:
Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize shared a video on Twitter showing The Ranch Hotel staff dancing together with him.