President: “SA’s Should Be Guided By Facts Not Rumours”

We know what causes the virus and what we can do to protect ourselves from becoming infected.

President: “SA’s Should Be Guided By Facts Not Rumours”-SurgeZirc SA
President Cyril Ramaphosa/Photo File:Screengrabs

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday called out to South Africans to be guided by facts not rumours, please people to do away with stigmatization.

Ramaphosa alluded his government was attending to staff shortages at clinics and hospitals across the country, in addition to the scarcity of personal protective equipment.

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South Africa to date has 138 134 confirmed cases of the coronavirus first reported in China last December, by far the highest tally in Africa.

“Of these, 2 456 people have died, while 68 925 have recovered.”

“One of the challenges that has emerged in our country is the stigmatisation of people who have proven positive with coronavirus,” said President Ramaphosa.

“There have been disturbing reports of individuals being ostracised from their communities and of communities protesting against coronavirus patients being admitted to local hospitals and clinics. This must stop.”

He said just as South Africa had come together to promote the acceptance of people living with HIV/Aids, it should also show understanding, tolerance, kindness, empathy and compassion for those infected with the coronavirus.

“We know what causes the virus and what we can do to protect ourselves from becoming infected.

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“We know we have to maintain social distancing, to self-isolate if we have come into contact with those infected and to present to a hospital if we have symptoms,” the president added.

“We must continue to be guided by facts and not rumours.”

 

 

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