The two South Africans working on a passenger ship and tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19) will soon return to South Africa after receiving treatment.
Phumla Williams, director general of government communications and information, says the two people have tested negative for the virus in the meantime.
She said the two were working on the Diamond Princess passenger ship when they contracted the virus.
“We are pleased to announce that they will return home after all approval has been obtained.”
Williams also added that there is still no quarantine area for the 181 South Africans who will return from Wuhan this week.
“At this stage, the technical team is working hard to identify a location, but no location has been confirmed yet. However, we can confirm that one will be found soon.
“We therefore encourage any speculation regarding possible areas, as reported by the media.”
According to her, there are still no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country.
“The Department of Health will continue to monitor the situation and has already put plans in place should the virus emerge here,” she says.
Williams says identification procedures at airports, border posts and ports have also been tightened.
“Tourists visiting the country are subject to health checks as soon as they enter the country.”