President Ramaphosa today has briefed the media with an update on the COVID-19 situation and also the situation with Church Leaders in South Africa.
The President stressed that social distancing is at the forefront of the battle against the virus, keeping a distance from each other can prevent the risk of the virus latching onto another victim.
The Minister of Health today also announced that there have been 150 confirmed cases up to now from those that have been tested.
President Ramaphosa goes on to say “That for us is concerning, if you extrapolate that, it could start rising in greater numbers, further suggesting that social distancing can be a key weapon to combat the virus and spread.”
The Government has reduced its numbers at meetings to adhere to the new restrictions of no more than 100 members. The room was not visible on the feed however Ramaphosa mentioned that the room he was speaking from had fewer people present.
Ramaphosa has spoken with religious leaders to prevent mass gatherings for religious purposes to prevent the spread and said that he is confident that they have listened to his requests.
In the time of need, the religious leaders have suggested that a national day of prayer should be made, with Ramaphosa also agreeing to the day.
The details of the national prayer day will be released at a later date said Ramaphosa followed by “The whole nation of our country can join in. In unison with a moment of solidarity for those that are affected, interseeding with our creator”
Why social distancing?
Social distancing is a great method to further prevent the spread of the virus, the World Health Organisation has all the questions answered – We have provided further information below.
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.