Tebogo Msimanga |
President Cyril Ramaphosa stressed that the wearing of mask every time we leave home is far, far better than a second wave.
He said he is concerned and alarmed by seeing people on social media and even on television, holding big parties, gatherings and social events as though the virus does not exist.
“What we are witnessing in the Eastern Cape should be a wake-up call to all of us, that we cannot relax and we cannot be complacent.”
He explained during his address on Wednesday night that the total number of new cases in the Eastern Cape over the past 14 days were around 145% higher than the previous 14 days.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the country has recorded over 740,000 COVID-19 cases, with the death toll now having passed the 20,000 mark.
“But we can avoid a second wave if we each play our part, if we remember what we need to do to keep ourselves and others safe.”
President said the National State of Disaster has been extended by another month, to the 15th of December 2020.
Ramaphosa highlighted that if health protocols are adhered to, there would be no need to go back to higher alert level.