President Cyril Ramaphosa called on all South Africans living in Wuhan, China, to come back home as fears mount over the continuous spread of the coronavirus on Thursday.
In a statement released on Thursday night, the president said the decision followed several requests from South Africans living in Wuhan the city considered to be the epicentre of the virus.
There have been more than 78,000 cases reported in the world including two cases in Africa.
Clement Manyathela on the Midday Report speaks to the Department of Health acting director-general Dr Anban Pillay and South African stuck in Wuhan Kamohelo Taule.
We had initially taken a view that this epidemic was going to be contained within the Wuhan area and that the infection rate will drop drastically. What we have seen is that the epidemic is not under control. We have no idea when the lockdown will be lifted.— Dr Anban Pillay, Acting director-general - Department of Health
Taule says it is a relief that the government has decided to take initiative in bringing those stuck in Wuhan home.
We had so much stress and we are mentally exhausted.— Kamohelo Taule, South African stuck in Wuhan
Listen below to the full conversation: