COVID-19 IN SA: STAYING INFORMED ABOUT CORONAVIRUS AS REPORTED CASES RISE TO 200

COVID-19 IN SA: STAYING INFORMED ABOUT CORONAVIRUS AS REPORTED CASES RISE TO 200

The novel coronavirus is a pressing health pandemic affecting life in many parts of the world as we continue to grapple with its rapid spread and effects. The past week alone has seen many events cancelled some postponed following the ban of gatherings of large crowds. Easter celebrations like the ZCC pilgrimage, VivoNation and many other events form the long list.

Today the Health minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize announced to the media at a conference in the Free State where seven more cases were reported that the total number of Covid-19 cases in SA stands at 202.

As the country navigates and fights COVID-19, people are encouraged to employ hygiene habits more robust than ever before. As more and more people are forced to work from home while others continue to go to woI’m, government efforts in the fight against COVID-19 have seen the shutdown of schools and imposing strict controls in our borders and places of gatherings along with many other measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

With over two hundred thousand recorded coronavirus cases worldwide, of which at least 84,000 have recovered from COVID-19, while more than 8,800 have died according to media reports in Italy, the past 24 hours the death toll is said to have risen to 3,405 overtaking the total number of deaths so far registered in China.

The coronavirus is stirring panic in different parts of the world, partly because of the fake and unreliable information shared on various social media platforms so much the SA government has imposed penalties for the spread of misinformation.

To stay safe and healthy during this difficult time here are some helpful links with credible information citizens can use.

For information on COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and others please follow

National Institute For Commicable Diseases

Sources used in this article.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/uk-schools-close-italy-covid-19-deaths-jump-live-updates-200318235116951.html

https://www.google.co.za/amp/s/www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-03-20-new-rules-for-fighting-covid-19-limits-on-alcohol-sales-fake-news-becomes-a-crime-and-hoarding-to-be-outlawed/amp/

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