On Monday the Presidency released their weekly letter from President Cyril Ramaphosa. In his letter, the President said it is “clear that the most effective way for a society to contain the spread of the disease is for the population to remain at home and physically isolated from each other for at least several weeks.”
It is no secret that South Africans have all been under a great amount of stress and fear with the pandemic.
The President says that he is hopeful after sending home those Citizens who came from Wuhan as they all tested negative for the virus after quarantine. He writes that the citizens spent 51 days in quarantine in Wuhan and 14 days in Polokwane. They will have spent a total of 82 days in quarantine after the lockdown.
“Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in the province of Hubei, had more than 50,000 infections. Now, after more than two months after stringent lockdown measures were put in place, the province has had fewer than 20 new cases in the past two weeks,”
“As the South Africans from Wuhan can testify, such restrictions on daily life, on movement and on ordinary human contact are extremely difficult to endure. In the South African context, a lockdown brings additional hardship and strain, and we are doing everything within our means to lessen the impact on our people.”
“But the lesson from the South Africans in Wuhan is that a lockdown works. It shows that if we strictly observe the rules in place to stop the virus spreading, we will be able to bring infection rates down. It shows that if we cooperate with health authorities in doing what we have to do, we won’t be just saving our own lives but those around us too.”
“The story of our South African returnees from Wuhan should give us encouragement and hope in the difficult weeks that lie ahead,” President Cyril Ramaphosa