Ladysmith man who has COVID-19 charged with attempted murder

Ladysmith man who has COVID-19 charged with attempted murder

Police say a Ladysmith man who tested positive for the coronavirus has been charged with attempted murder - for exposing dozens of people after he failed to self-quarantine.

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The 52-year-old man was arrested yesterday. He is now in quarantine in hospital.

National SAPS spokesperson, Vish Naidoo says they received information about the man yesterday - and have been told he's come into contact with nearly 30 people.

It's understood he travelled to a number of countries and returned to South Africa last week Wednesday.

Naidoo says after he tested positive - the man was instructed to immediately quarantine himself at home for 14 days.

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He says the man ignored this directive and carried on running his salon business.

Naidoo says the Health Department is trying to trace the people who were in his salon - and also at a religious gathering he attended.

The man has been charged for contravening the regulations in terms of the National Disaster Act - pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.

His case has been postponed while he recovered from the virus - and to avoid infecting others.

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