Coronavirus: two South Africans tested positive for attempted murder
Two people with the new coronavirus have been charged with attempted murder in South Africa for failing to fulfill their two-week quarantine, Minister of Police Bekhi Cele announced on Wednesday.
The Covid-19 epidemic is spreading very rapidly in South Africa, the country on the most affected African continent. On Wednesday, the Minister of Health identified 709 confirmed cases, against 554 twenty-four hours earlier.
In northern KwaZulu-Natal province, “two people have been charged with attempted murder for moving after being told not to do so,” Cele told a news conference.
A 52-year-old man, who recently returned from abroad and tested positive for Covid-19, “continued to work in his hairdressing salon,” said police spokesman Vish Naidoo.
A list of 27 people he has been in contact with, in the living room and at a wedding, is compiled so that they can be tested.
In the second case, a tourist, who tested positive while on vacation in Kruger National Park (northeast), ignored orders to stay at his hotel and went to Saint Lucia (northeast). ) “Where he apparently interacted with an unknown number of people,” said Vish Naidoo.
“This is not a joke”
The two suspects are currently being treated at the hospital. “It is not a joke when we say that the law will be very harsh,” said the police minister.
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday ordered a three-week prison sentence across South Africa, which will begin on Friday.
“There should be no trips,” besides buying food, going to the pharmacy or a medical appointment, Bekhi Cele insisted.
Wrestlers have up to six months in jail and a fine, or both, he said.