Mpumalanga got a shoutout from President Ramapaphosa on July 3 for its proactive approach to COVID-19. He praised the premier on a visit to the province. Ironically, the same day he visited, a patient broke the health regulations. Positive with coronavirus, the patient left self-isolation and went to a tavern.
Mpumalanga get kudos from the president but a COVID-19 patient leaves quarantine
We reported that President Ramaphosa seemed rather happy at the way Mpumalanga tackled the virus. But the irony of that is one person could undo all the good work the authorities put in place. Many people could become infected by a single person with the virus. The lockdowns started in March. Since then, health departments explain why quarantine remains vital if people become ill.
However, a patient apparently left his home, knowing he had the virus and went into a public place. Mpumalanga Health released a press statement via Twitter on July 4, notifying of the incident. The statement noted that the infected person got spotted in the Thembisili Hani Municipality at a tavern in Tweefontein K. The patient tested positive on June 30. People reported he interacted with other people at a tavern.
COVID-19 patient endangered others put in government isolation
In terms of the Disaster Management Act, he could face legal action. Meanwhile, he got placed into a government quarantine facility. He could face charges up to and including murder or attempted murder for his actions. Certainly, his action placed many other people in danger in the province. Ms. Sasekani Manzini, the Health Provincial MEC noted her disappointment in this type of behavior.
By now, regulations and the danger of the disease already went out long ago. Ignorance seems no excuse. But what makes it even worse got noted by a person who responded to the tweeted press release. They noted the person mixed with others at a tavern on a Friday. With alcohol sales banned on Fridays, clearly, others also ignore the regulations as well.
The province now sits at 1,602 positive cases of COVID-19.
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