Two men have been charged with attempted murder in South Africa for reportedly not isolating themselves after testing positive for coronavirus.
Police minister, Bheki Cele who announced the charges at a press conference on Wednesday March 25, accused the men of intentionally exposing others to the virus.
He also stated that people who refuse to isolate after testing positive to COVID-19 will be sentenced to 6 months in jail, or fined, or both.
“If you break these laws of regulations you are six months in, or fined, or both.
“Two people have been charged already… who deliberately moved around after they were told.
“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.
“The second charge was filed against a male tourist who tested positive for Covid-19 while on holiday at Kruger National Park.”
SA’s Police spokesperson, Vish Naidoo reported that the first suspect was arrested on Tuesday March 24 after local officials raised an alarm when he was seen around the western city of Ladysmith, in KwaZulu-Natal province.
The 2nd case, a foreign tourist who also tested positive for the virus, reportedly ignored instruction of remaining in his hotel.
South Africa has recorded the highest number of coronavirus infections on the continent, with 709 cases confirmed.