SOUTH AFRICA- A man from KwaZulu Natal who tested positive for Covid-19 is facing charges of attempted murder after failing to self quarantine for 14 days.

The man (52) returned to his work place in Ladysmith just 3 days later.

Speaking to State media, spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo said a criminal case has been opened after the 52-year-old went against medical advice, and ended up exposing Ladysmith residents to the virus.

“The same man travelled to various countries to South Africa. On his return on March 18, he was tested positive with the Covid-19 and was instructed to self-quarantine for at least 14 days pending the blood results. However, he allegedly continued with his business and in doing so disregarded the instructions by a doctor thus allegedly contravening regulations in terms of the National Disaster Act pertaining to the COVIDI-19 virus.”

The suspect has since been arrested and placed at a hospital where he is currently being treated.

The businessman is one of the 709 confirmed cases of the deadly virus in South Africa, and had been instructed to go under quarantine.

KwaZulu-Natal is among the heaviest hit regions in the country, with a total of 91 confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded. .