Several travellers were reunited with their families yesterday at Cape Town International Airport, as they unmasked themselves after overnight flights from China and nearby locations fleeing the deadly Corona virus.
Speaking to TimesLIVE, Kayleigh Smuts, a young English teacher from Cape Town who works in Shanghai said she felt relieved to be home.
“I thought we would take our masks off to eat on the plane but people didn’t. Everyone just wants to get out of there. I am so glad to be back home. You get screened if you go to any public place. It is not fun.”
Smuts added that she and other teachers from Cape Town were due to return to China in February but would have to monitor the situation.
Another passenger Dicky Julius, who also arrived in Cape Town on Wednesday said:
“China is on high alert. We can attest to that – they are not taking it as a joke. Every time we go out or come back, our temperature is taken. But on the international flights you see people aren’t taking it seriously enough. That is my concern.”
Elrick Julius who was with Dicky Julius told TimesLIVE:
“I am just back from Beijing. That virus – dis woes, mense. It is deadly, not a word of a lie, people are dying like flies. If you go there, protect yourself and keep an eye on the facts and figures.”