South African President urges citizens to be “concerned, but not alarmed”

With cases witnessing significant rise in recent weeks, South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has urged his fellow citizens not to be scared and maintain patience.

South Africa has recorded more than half of the current total number of cases in the last two weeks.

In his weekly newsletter, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the numbers will keep rising and people should be “concerned, but not alarmed”.

He said, “Like many South Africans, I too have been worried as I watch these figures keep rising. While these numbers are broadly in line with what the various models had projected, there is a big difference between looking at a graph on a piece of paper and seeing real people becoming infected, some getting ill and some dying.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa urged individual households to prepare and look after the protection of the elderly and those with other medical conditions as they are at higher risk of getting infected.

As part of the measures adopted post the easing of the lockdown, schools in South Africa have begun gradual resumption from June 8 and places of worship have re-opened with strict preventive measures put at place.

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