Faizel Patel - 25/03/2020
KwaZulu-Natal police have arrested a 52-year-old salon owner for allegedly spreading the Coronavirus in Ladysmith after testing positive for COVID-19.
It’s understood the man who travelled to various countries arrived in South Africa on 18 March and was instructed to self-quarantine for at least 14 days pending the blood results.
However, the man defied a doctors instruction to self-quarantine and allegedly continued with his business including attending a religious gathering.
Police say a list of 27 people who were at the man's salon and those at the religious gathering are being sought for testing.
Spokesperson Vish Naidoo says the man has been charged with attempted murder.
“Police in Ladysmith have arrested a 52-year-old man who had been tested positive and allegedly knowingly defied orders to self quarantine and subsequently may have spread the virus to at least 27 other people.”
Naidoo says the man is currently in hospital receiving treatment and he is expected to appear in court as soon as he recovers from his illness.