The South African government wants to repatriate all South Africans from the Chinese city of Wuhan the epicentre of coronavirus that has ravaged Asia and spreading fear around the world.
The virus which is also called COVID-19, was first reported in Wuhan, Hubei province, in November 2019, but has since threatened to reach a global pandemic.
“The Cabinet has decided on this course of action after due consideration of the circumstances, and following several requests from the families of South Africans in the city,” the Presidency said in a statement on Thursday.
It is estimated there are 199 South Africans in Wuhan, according to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.
“At this stage, 132 of them have expressed the desire to be repatriated home.”