Ladysmith COVID-19 patient to face charges of attempted murder

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A Ladysmith man will face charges of attempted murder, after testing positive for COVID-19, and failing to self-quarantine and exposing dozens of people to the coronavirus.

The 52-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday, March 24, and is currently in quarantine in hospital.

According to National SAPS spokesperson, Vish Naidoo, the police received information about the man on Tuesday and were told he came into contact with nearly 30 people.

Allegedly, he travelled to several countries before returning to South Africa on March 18. Naidoo says following the man’s return, he tested positive for COVID-19 and told to quarantine himself at home for 14 days.

Naidoo explains the man ignored the directive and continued running his salon.

The Health Department is now currently to trace everyone who were at his salon, as well as people at a religious gathering that he attended.

Facing charges for contravening the regulations in terms of the National Disaster Act, pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, the man’s case has been postponed until he recovers.

With the man set to face court proceedings upon his release from the hospital, do you feel the charges are justified? Do you believe people who voluntarily expose people to COVID-19 should face charges of attempted murder?

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