Citizen Reporter
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21 Mar 2020
6:05 am

Foreigners on ‘high risk’ flights stuck in planes on runways

Citizen Reporter

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said the bans on foreigners setting foot on SA soil also applied to travellers in transit to other countries, including Namibia and Mozambique.

OR Tambo International Airport on 20 March 2020. Picture: Neil McCartney

More than 20 international flights from “high risk countries” were isolated at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, as well as Cape Town and Durban, yesterday – and foreigners on board were not allowed to disembark. Only South Africans were permitted to leave the planes. All local citizens were, however, given a thorough medical and assessment screening for coronavirus and then put into quarantine or sent for self-isolation. The lockdown was in terms of regulations issued by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula under the declaration of national disaster proclaimed by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday. Mbalula said the restrictions on the...