President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged South Africans to remain cautious even as the country rises to Level 2, saying the second wave of coronavirus infections that have emerged in several other countries will continue to be with us for months.
The President wrote from his desk in his weekly letter to the country on Monday: “Let us continue with caution, as always. Let us keep each other safe. Whenever we consider any form of unnecessary activity, we should ask. What is the risk of infection for ourselves and others? If there is a risk, even small, it is best not to take it.”
He warned the country that the pandemic is a matter of life and death and urged its citizens to remain vigilant.
“Neither of us wants to go back to the early days of those extreme restrictions. We want to get on with our lives. We want our friends and relatives to stay healthy and safe. Let us as a nation continue to work together to ensure our progress. Level 2 stops the alarm,”Not free for everyone.”
Ramaphosa called for adherence to social distancing rules, wearing masks, attending social gatherings and that banning of international travel remains.
“There are signs of hope. The number of new confirmed cases in South Africa continues to fall. At the peak of the disease a month ago, we registered about 12,000 fresh cases every day.”
In the past week, said President Ramaphosa, the average number of infections fell to around 5,000 per day, while the cure rate was 80%. He said that the country was entering the level 2 alert in which the [government] lifted many restrictions on social and economic activities..
“In the coming days, weeks and months, we must focus on recovery. Our economy and society have suffered great losses.
As we continue our economic activity in nearly all industries and work to compensate for the damage, it is our responsibility not to disappoint individuals, employers, communities, families, professionals, workers and citizens,” added Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa appealed to the public to ensure that the progress made in dealing with the spread of the pandemic does not reverse.
“While Level 2 rule allows you to meet friends and family, visit entertainment venues, travel in peace, and drink in restaurants, bars and taverns. Compatibility is the biggest threat to national health, “he added.