Covid-19 cases on the rise in Mangaung

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Residents and businesses in Mangaung are urged to act responsibly to ensure that no “Covid-19 super-spreader event” erupts.

This according to the Mangaung Metro Municipality spokesperson, Qondile Khedama, who further says that after the country moved to Level 1, an increase of non-compliance to health and safety protocols in the city has been noted.

Khedama says that many people are going about their daily lives without masks, visiting entertainment places, crowded shopping centres and malls, events and social gatherings.

He says scientists in the country have warned that the risk of a second wave still exists and is high, and this is evident in the city. Despite the easing of restrictions, the community is reminded that the virus has not eased, and is urged to observe and follow all Covid-19 protocols.

“If you feel sick or present Covid-19 symptoms or underwent testing, inform your supervisor and stay home. Also forward your SMS result to your supervisor and after recovery present your medical certificate. Covid-19 is an illness and no one needs to feel ashamed for contracting it.”

Employers are reminded of the Level 1 Disaster regulations:

  • No person enters a premises without a face mask
  • Everyone entering must be sanitised
  • Ensure social distancing in the venue/area

Attendance of funerals and events during Level 1 is as follows:

  • Only 100 persons allowed to attend a funeral
  • All indoor venues may allow 50% of venue capacity but to a maximum of 250 persons
  • Outdoor venues are restricted to 50% of venue capacity with a maximum of 500 persons.

Adhere to the simplest but important measures:

  • Wear a mask when out in public,
  • Sanitise and wash hands regularly
  • Ensure social distancing
  • Refrain from visiting crowded areas; if possible, opt for staying home with your family
  • Do not unnecessarily expose yourself to the deadly virus.

According to the MMM, the following statistics reflect the City`s status as at 18 October 2020

Positives cases since March 2020 for Mangaung: 24 323

Bloemfontein: 18 826

Botshabelo: 2 772

Thaba Nchu: 2 233

Dewetsdorp: 304

Wepener: 146

Soutpan: 2

Stadensrus: 18

Sazly Hartzenberg

sazly@centralmediagroup.co.za