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Edmonton-area couple among Canadians stranded in South Africa amid lockdown


It’s certainly not the end to their months-long trip that Virginia Slater and her husband hoped for.

The Sherwood Park couple is stuck in South Africa, scrambling to get back home.

As of Friday, that country is under a nationwide, three-week lockdown to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

“We should have started home way sooner, but who knew it was going to turn into this?” Slater said.

The pair, who are in South Africa with 11 others, had a ticket home booked for April 5 out of Cape Town, but that airport shut down.

The Slaters then made the trek to Johannesburg.

“We are told not to be close to people and there are hundreds of people in this airport,” Slater described.

Shortly after they arrived, that airport also closed down.

Now, Slater, her husband and the 11 others in their group are stranded at the airport hotel and told they can’t leave.

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“I can’t even imagine having to stay here for 21 days,” she said.

Army and police personnel are patrolling the streets, enforcing the lockdown.

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