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South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has reportedly warned against hugging, handshaking and kissing.
The warning is in response to the outbreak of coronavirus in South Africa.
Mr Ramaphosa addressed South Africans yesterday, Wednesday, May 13.
“Hugging and shaking of hands and kissing is a thing of the past. As restrictions are eased, we will need to observe social distancing even more carefully. Yes, wear our face masks whenever we leave home, wash hands regularly with soap and water or sanitiser and avoid contact with other people,” he is quoted by The SouthAfrican news site as saying.
“There needs to be a fundamental shift in our thinking and our way of life. We need to take personal responsibility for our own health and the health of others. The transition to the next phase of the coronavirus response will in many ways be more difficult than the present one,” the President says.
Cyril made it clear during a televised address that life as South Africans know it will change irreversibly during the next phase of our battle against coronavirus – and the act of kissing can be considered a relic of the past.
The message was described by South African media as “incredibly bleak.”
Ramaphosa’s address also confirmed that ‘most of SA’ will move forward to Level 3 lockdown at the end of May – but regions with high infection rates will stay at Level 4 until the numbers stabilise.
Ramaphosa is convinced that social distancing measures will be implemented more strictly as lockdown laws are eased. Industries must find a way to function while keeping everybody safe, and this truly is the fight of a generation for many South Africans. But, outside of the working world, our social lives have been shattered.
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