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COVID-19: Cyril Ramaphosa warns against complacency

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South Africans have no reason to slack off or to welcome the removal of restrictive Level 3 measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, from Tuesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa warned on Monday, 17 August 2020.

Speaking during his address to the nation, Ramaphosa explained to his compatriots that they must not lower their guard by not respecting health and safety protocols because the country is still far from eradicating the pandemic.

He urged South Africans to continue to observe restrictions, such as wearing masks, social distancing and other protocols in restaurants and other public places that were given the green light to reopen on Tuesday, under confinement of level 2.

“This is a sign of the progress we are making in reducing new infections and the demand for our healthcare facilities. It is also a very important development, at a time when we are striving to restart our economy. But it is too early to celebrate,” Ramaphosa said.

He added: “With this level 2 comes an increased risk of transmission. We now need to manage that risk and ensure that the progress we have made so far – to contain the spread of the pandemic – is not not in vain.”

According to Ramaphosa, “the biggest threat to the health of the nation right now is complacency.”

“We may now be allowed to meet friends and family, attend places of entertainment, travel for leisure and consume alcohol in restaurants, bars and taverns”, he said.

He warned his compatriots, noting that “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

The President reiterated that many people with the coronavirus do not have symptoms and may not even know they are infected.

“This is a sobering reality because it means that each of us could be infected at this time and could unintentionally infect others.

“This is especially the case when visiting relatives, especially the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions, which make them even more vulnerable to infection. This is also true during church services or at church services. the opportunity for cultural activities “, he concluded.

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