Information about Covid-19 coronavirus

'You can be jailed for up to 10 years for refusing to be quarantined'

You can be sent to jail for up to 10 years or received a fine for refusing to be isolated during an epidemic.

This is according to the National Health Act.

On Wednesday, a Gauteng family refused to be quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19 coronavirus and the third member of the hospital fled the hospital refusing to be tested.

The Department of Health approached the court on an urgent basis to get the family to a healthcare facility.

Eyewitness News reporter Theto Mahlakoana has more.

RELATED: Gauteng Health Dept: Family that refused to be quarantined now found

There is legislation that was passed in 2017 that protects the rest of the country from those individuals who are affected by the virus but still have some apprehension about being admitted or isolated.

Theto Mahlakoana, Reporter - Eyewitness News

You will be prosecuted. If you do not want to undertake this process in the interest of the rest of the country, you will face up to 10 years in prison if you do not want to consent to give the necessary specimens doctors or healthcare professionals may seek from you.

Theto Mahlakoana, Reporter - Eyewitness News

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