RNM issues warning against ignoring lockdown regulations

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The COVID-19 Nationwide Lockdown started from midnight [on Thursday] until midnight of 16 April 2020 however it seems many people are ignoring the regulations and this is observed mainly in the townships, rural areas though some also in the urban areas seem to be ignoring them. This is very worrisome.

It is important that we understand why we came to this stage of having Lockdown. The manner in which the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases escalates is alarming, as right now it exceeds 1000 and there are two confirmed deaths due to the virus. Research has shown that Lockdowns and social distancing measures can slow the spread of the virus and help prevent health services being overrun.

That’s why we plead with our communities that in addition to following the precautions to avoid being infected: thoroughly washing your hands regularly or sanitizing; avoiding touching our faces with dirty hands; covering our mouths with the elbow or tissue and then properly disposing it when coughing or sneezing; stop sharing food, drinks and utensils; regularly disinfecting household surfaces, handles and knobs; consulting health services if feeling unwell especially when having typical symptoms of COVID-19, but it is equally important that we obey and follow Lockdown Regulations.

What is expected of us during this period of COVID-19 Lockdown which started from midnight [on Thursday] and will continue until midnight of 16 April 2020?

If you do not perform essential service (of which your employer would have informed you, and gave you a permit to move around), STAY AT HOME or WHERE YOU STAY, Do Not Move Around except when there is an emergency, like when you have to see a doctor or go to the clinic or when you are to buy food.

Be warned, those responsible for law enforcement will monitor your movements and if found that you are not complying with the regulations you may be turned back home or even be arrested for breaking the law.

We therefore plead we our communities to work together during this time and follow the COVID-19 Regulations because failure to do so we may plunge our country in more catastrophe with more infections which may lead to more stricter restrictions or having the period of the COVID-19 Lockdown extended. Let’s Unite, work together and advise one another… Working Together we can defeat this COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19 you can use the Tollfree number 0800 029 999 or send a WhatsApp message “Hi” to 0600 123 456 or visit www.nicd.ac.za or www.sacoronavirus.co.za

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