Mda Covid 19 suspect on the run

Date: Mar 25, 2020

Mdantsane Covid 19 suspect on the run

A man suspected of having Covid-19 is on the loose in Mdantsane, one of SA’s  largest and most congested townships.

The man, who recently returned from a trip to the US, fled before police and health authorities stormed his Unit P home on Tuesday.

According to health MEC Sindiswa Gomba, the man was reported to the ward councillor by suspicious neighbours and a member of a ward committee.

Gomba said she immediately assembled a team, including doctors, to investigate.

“I dispatched the team, accompanied by police, to make sure no one left the house.

“Right now they are there and we are awaiting the outcomes of the raid.”

Footage of police officers and health inspectors wearing powder-blue forensic suits and surgical masks did the rounds on social media.

Gomba said: “This morning [Tuesday] I received a tip-off from the ward 24 councillor after hearing concerns about a member of the community who recently returned from a trip in America, and was coughing badly and unfortunately his family was allegedly hiding him, not wanting him exposed.”

The MEC added that the community, who knew about the man’s return from overseas, had been wondering about his whereabouts.

After hearing him cough, they contacted the councillor.

Amid concern that the community was planning to remove the man from their area themselves, Gomba warned against any such vigilantism.

“My appeal to the community is to practise restraint against engaging in that kind of behaviour.

“Do not take the law into your own hands.

“Please just continue assisting us by being the eyes and ears of the government.”

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