Salon Owner Infected With Coronavirus Charged With Attempted Murder After Refusing To Self Quarantine

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The quest to get (or give) a good hairstyle in the midst of a global pandemic is now sending folks to jail. A South African salon owner who tested positive with the coronavirus has been charged with attempted murder after failing to self-quarantine, according to a local news outlet.

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The man was arrested March 26, after coming into contact with more than two dozen people at his salon and a religious gathering.


According to police reports, the unidentified owner traveled to various countries before returning to South Africa on March 18, where he was tested and instructed to self-quarantine pending 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,” said national police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo in a statement confirming the attempted murder charges.

The 52-year-old man is one of more than 1,100 cases thus far reported in South Africa, which is the highest number on the continent. On Saturday, the country implemented a nationwide lockdown where police have been reportedly firing rubber bullets at shoppers who refuse to stay home.

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

Stephenetta (isis) Harmon serves as digital media director for Hype Hair and founder/Black beauty directory for Sadiaa Black Beauty guide, the premier directory Black-owned beauty brands.