South African couple stuck in China due to coronavirus outbreak

A South African couple is stuck in China's Wuhan city due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The couple was meant to return to South Africa last week, but the Chinese government has quarantined the city, where nine people have died so far.

Savannah de Lange spent two years teaching in the country and was planning to come back home with her fiance who had visited.

De Lange's mother Simone van Wyk says she communicates with the pair via WeChat and they are fine at this stage.

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They are scared to go out and they are running out of food supplies but they managed to get more supplies.

Simone van Wyk, Savannah de Lange's mother

The streets are empty and most of the shops are empty.

Simone van Wyk, Savannah de Lange's mother

They go through bottles of hand sanitizers and they keep everything clean and they keep their masks on even in the house.

Simone van Wyk, Savannah de Lange's mother

Van Wyk says for now it is a waiting game for the couple.


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