S.African Virus Carriers Charged With Attempted Murder For Not Isolating
Umer Jamshaid 5 days ago Wed 25th March 2020 | 11:03 PM
South African police have charged two men with attempted murder for allegedly continuing to go out after they tested positive for the coronavirus
Johannesburg, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Mar, 2020 ) :South African police have charged two men with attempted murder for allegedly continuing to go out after they tested positive for the coronavirus, exposing others to the infection.
Police minister Bheki Cele announced the charges on Wednesday during a press conference detailing the enforcement of an incomong lockdown meant to curb the spread of coronavirus.
"If you break these laws of regulations you are six months in, or fined, or both," said Cele.
"Two people have been charged already... who deliberately moved around after they were told" not to, he warned.
"So it's not a fairytale to say the law will act and act very harsh on you." The first case was a 52-year old salon owner diagnosed with coronavirus on March 18 and instructed to quarantine for at least 14 days.
"(He) allegedly continued with his business.
The second charge was filed against a male tourist who tested positive for COVID-19 while on holiday at Kruger National Park.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 21-day lockdown after the number of infections multiplied six-fold in just eight days.
Only "essential" trips to grocery stores, pharmacies and medical appointments will be permitted during the lockdown, which will be enforced by army troops.
"It is exactly that stubborn behaviour that has caused us a national lockdown."