Gauteng court orders ‘uncooperative’ family into Covid-19 quarantine_1

A Gauteng court granted the province’s Department of Health a court order, allowing them to place an “uncooperative” family into Covid-19 quarantine.

Gauteng family refuses to cooperate 

The department says the man’s wife and daughter tested positive for the virus on Monday, but he left without undergoing tests.

This prompted them to approach the court almost immediately and, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, a judgment was handed.

“We can confirm that there was a family that refused to be quarantined,” department spokesperson Kwara Kekana said in a statement.Kwara Kekana

Kekana says the department decided to approach the court as to not infringe on the family’s Constitutional rights.

“A court order was granted around 01:00 on Tuesday in favour of the department,” the statement continued. “As (a) result the matter was reported to the SAPS to trace the family. We are pleased that the family was found around 12:30 and is currently being attended to at a designated health facility.”Kwara Kekana

Curbing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic

Kekana commended the SAPS for acting swiftly in the matter.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa were sitting at 62 when the government last issued an official update on Monday, up by just one new infection from when President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of national disaster.

Gauteng was among the heaviest-hit provinces, recording the majority of the new cases reported on Sunday.

The government has taken several measures in order to curb the rapid Covid-19 spread, including travel restrictions against countries deemed to be high-risk, as well as the closure of schools.

Around 190 000 cases of the coronavirus have been recorded across the globe, with China and Italy the two hardest-hit countries. The global death toll reached 7 500 on Tuesday.

South Africa recorded its first case on 1 March, and the figure has risen steadily over the past month.

The public has been urged to cooperate with health care workers in an effort to prevent the spread of the pandemic.