Hope for South Africans trapped in Saudi Arabia

Johannesburg – A group of 40 South Africans exclaims how they feel after having missed their flight in Saudi Arabia trying to come back home because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Having over 9 000 active cases reported and over 90 deaths confirmed, entry and exit into the capital city, Riyadh, Medina, Mecca, and Jeddah halted in order to stop the spread of the virus. The group, therefore, had to take a 13-hour bus trip from Riyadh to Jeddah which is where they were meant to catch a special flight that was arranged to bring them home. The flight was scheduled to leave at 9 am and the group only arrived after midday and thus was left behind.

A nurse by the name of Belinda Hammerse, one of the group members told how travel curfews made it extremely difficult to get permits in time in the city of Riyadh.

The group’s spirits were lifted when they were told that a second flight would be arranged by Thursday and that they could keep their original flight tickets. Upon arrival in South Africa, they would be taken to a special medical facility in Johannesburg for a 14-day quarantine before they could go to their homes in Cape Town

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