Kiff: Elbow bump to keep COVID-19 at arm’s length

His excel­len­cy, Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa and his His Grace, Bish­op Dr Enge­nas Lek­ganyane on Sun­day warm­ly greet­ed each oth­er with an elbow bump as rec­om­mend­ed by the World Health Organ­i­sa­tion (WHO)) to show South Africans how to avoid the spread of coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic.

In 2006, due to fears of an avian flu pan­dem­ic, the WHO pro­posed using the elbow bump to keep­ing oth­er people’s imag­i­nary dis­eases at arm’s length.

Ramaphosa has been seen as a prin­ci­pal advo­cate for using the elbow bump, not­ing that it can also help con­strain the spread of COVID-19, wreak­ing hav­oc on the entire world, by mod­el­ling social behav­iour that lim­its phys­i­cal con­tact

Show­ing up at St Enge­nas Zion Chris­t­ian Church in Moria, Limpopo, Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa kept his social dis­tance, warm­ly greet­ed Dr Lekganyane–both bump­ing each other’s elbows.

The Pres­i­dent was accom­pa­nied by Limpopo Pre­mier Chubu Stan­ley Math­a­batha, Min­is­ter in the Pres­i­den­cy Jack­son Mthem­bu, Health Min­is­ter, Dr Zweli Mkhize, Home Affairs Min­is­ter, Dr Aaron Mot­soale­di and Small Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter, Khum­bud­zo Ntshaveni.

The meet­ing with Dr Lek­ganyane marks the con­tin­u­ing coop­er­a­tion between gov­ern­ment and reli­gious groups to cham­pi­on social jus­tice and move­ments to influ­ence South African’s fight­ing the spread of the Coro­n­avirus and adhere to the nation­al dis­as­ter man­age­ment reg­u­la­tions.

On March 15, 2020, Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa declared South Africa a nation­al state of dis­as­ter in terms of the Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Act to respond to the Coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic.

The Pres­i­dent held con­sul­ta­tive meet­ings with lead­ers of polit­i­cal par­ties in Par­lia­ment, inter­faith, tra­di­tion­al lead­ers, var­i­ous indus­tries and busi­ness del­e­ga­tions to merge a nation­al effort to fight against the virus.


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