28 December 2020
Pretoria – President Ramaphosa has implored South Africans to be on guard as the country navigates the second wave. The President said as the country has now breached the 1million mark of covid-19 infections, the second wave needs concerted efforts from citizens if ever we want to see a decline in infections.
Ramaphosa was speaking during a televised address Monday evening, where he said that infections are on the rise in part because, as humans, we are social beings and have a need to socialise with one another.
“We feel the need to visit friends and family, we attend religious services and we go to parties. But this is a time of heightened danger in the face of a global pandemic”.
Ramaphosa bemoaned the lack of compliance by individuals who are fuelling covid-19 cases by their negligent behavior.
“The rapid rise in infections is being fuelled by so-called super-spreader events, including like end-of-year functions, family and social gatherings, and music and cultural events. This is a cause for great alarm, and points to an extreme lack of vigilance over the holiday period”, Ramaphosa said.
The President added that the deadly pandemic is spreading seriously because the people are no longer taking the disease with the seriousness it deserves as well as ignoring the basic precautionary measures which helps curb the spread of covid-19.
“We have let down our guard, and unfortunately we are now paying the price,
we are not washing our hands or sanitising. We have not been wearing masks and
we are not keeping a safe distance from others”, said Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa seriously highlighted other super spreader events which are spiralling covid-19 infections in the country.
“We have continued to host and attend social gatherings and events that in many cases flout public health regulations. As has been the case previously, social gatherings substantially increase the risk of transmission. Venues are often poorly ventilated and their permitted capacity is being exceeded”, underscored Ramaphosa.
On public gatherings people the President said that alcohol consumption is contributing immensely the risk of transmissions as people flaunt the laid down principles.
“As has been the case previously, social gatherings substantially increase the risk of transmission. Venues are often poorly ventilated and their permitted capacity is being exceeded. Hand sanitiser is not being used, and masks are being worn to gain entry, only to be taken off once inside”.
Ramaphosa said that, “In these same social gatherings, the consumption of alcohol in restaurants, in nightclubs and taverns has contributed to risky behaviour like not wearing masks and not observing social distancing. Excessive alcohol consumption is also driving up the number of trauma cases in our hospitals”.