President Cyril Ramaphosa dismisses speculations of stricter lockdown restrictions getting reinstated in light of the COVID-19 numbers spike in South Africa. He stated that the rumour that the country is going back to level 3 lockdown alert is false. He also emphasised that the medical advisory group and all relevant parties are monitoring the situation closely and analysing the infections that are unfolding. Should there be a need to go back to stricter lockdown regulations, Ramaphosa states that he will address the nation accordingly.

The president reiterated the importance of wearing masks and adhering to the health guidelines to limit the number of infections. If you need a refresher on the national COVID-19 health guidelines, see below list:

 

 Keep your distance: follow prescribed social distancing guidelines.

Wash your hands: Washing your hands regularly with soap and water is still crucial.

Wear a mask: don’t leave the house without wearing a mask.

Try and avoid crowds: limit the number of people you come in contact with.

Do your laundry regularly: there is emerging evidence that the virus stays on fabric for a few days.

Stay home if you have symptoms: if you present with any COVID-19 symptoms, then stay home.

Symptoms include:

 

Most common symptoms:

  • Fever;
  • Dry cough; and
  • Tiredness.

 

Less common symptoms:

  • Aches and pains;
  • Sore throat;
  • Diarrhoea;
  • Conjunctivitis;
  • Headache;
  • Loss of taste or smell; and
  • A rash on the skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes.

 

Serious symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath;
  • Chest pain or pressure; and
  • Loss of speech or movement.