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FF Plus kept pressure on for private Code-19 tests at Mercure Hotel in Nelspruit

After putting pressure on the Department of Health, the FF Plus succeeded in getting repatriated South Africans, who had returned from Mozambique and were kept under quarantine at the Mercure Hotel in Nelspruit since last weekend, tested for Covid-19 by private laboratories earlier today.

Mpumalanga's provincial government did not want to allow these people to get tested either by the state or private health care institutions. The FF Plus took up the matter with the Department of Health on national level on Monday.

In turn, the national Department of Health contacted the provincial Department in Mpumalanga.

The FF Plus demanded that the people who are willing to pay for Covid-19 testing themselves must be allowed to get tested by a private laboratory. These tests are only free if they are performed by the state. This testing was refused for unclear reasons.

The FF Plus will not just let the matter go and the provincial Department in Mpumalanga will have to explain the reasons for its actions.

To deprive people of their right to get tested while they are held at a quarantine facility, to fail to provide them with the medication they need and to not provide them with enough food constitute a gross violation of their human rights.

People who are repatriated from other countries and who have to go into quarantine for 14 days must, according to the regulations, have their temperatures taken at regular intervals and they must be tested for Covid-19 within the first 48 hours.

The people at Mercure have been in quarantine since last Saturday and should have been tested on Monday already. Today is their fifth day in quarantine.

The FF Plus also kept in touch with the private laboratory in Nelspruit to ensure that they are prepared. The party is relieved that the tests have now been done.

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