Several German tourists (they were actually French, according to later reports) who were travelling in Mpumlanaga are being held in KwaZulu-Natal after they knowingly left the province without hearing the results of their Coronavirus tests, which turned out to be positive. This comes only days after another German, part of a group of 11 travellers, tested positive in the Eastern Cape.
Both cases have caused an outcry on social media of foreign travellers bringing the virus into the country.
Two tourists out of a group of six in the Kruger National Park were tested for Coronavirus in Mpumalanga and then, before getting their results, left for KwaZulu-Natal. The results for two of them came back positive. After being alerted by a tour operator, the KZN authorities had an ambulance and police awaiting the arrival of the Germans, who were on a boat tour in Saint Lucia with 9 or 10 other people, according to KZN Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu.
“By the time the report came through they were enjoying themselves on a boat at St Lucia estuary with about 10 South Africans. The boat was put in isolation, with everyone still inside, while we waited for the department of health to arrive,” TimesLive was told by a source.
The Eastern Cape, meanwhile, has called for strict control of foreigners entering the province after a German tourist who is part of a tour group at Crawford’s Beach Lodge in Cintsha tested positive for the virus, according to DispatchLive. “The group arrived at the resort on Friday night. On Saturday night, the infected tourist received a call to say he had tested positive for the virus.”
The Eastern Cape tourism MEC Mlungisi Mvuko also released a statement calling on tourism establishments not to take bookings from anyone from high-risk countries, including the United States of America, Iran, South Korea, United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, China, France, Germany and Italy and medium-risk countries Portugal, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The Crawfords Beach Lodge, whose owner was reported saying he had no idea the tourist had been tested for the virus, has closed its doors for the time being.