President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has told citizens to prepare to live with coronavirus for “a year or even more”.
In his weekly newsletter published on Monday, President Ramaphosa writes that “As the lockdown is gradually eased, life will slowly return. But it will not be life as we knew it before.
While there is still much about the pandemic that is unknown, experts now agree that the virus will remain a threat to global public health for some time.”
South Africa is gradually letting go some restrictions on public life for citizens but the president said that doesn’t mean the crisis is almost coming to an end.
“We must therefore be prepared to continue to live with the coronavirus among us for a year or even more. We must be prepared for a new reality in which the fight against COVID-19 becomes part of our daily existence,” he wrote.
He also highlighted how perhaps there won’t be anything such as the old normal saying “We must be prepared for a new reality in which the fight against COVID-19 becomes part of our daily existence.
Our success in overcoming the coronavirus will ultimately be determined by the changes we make in our behaviour.”
The President however assured that “the coronavirus crisis will pass. But for as long as it remains a threat to the lives of our people, we must remain vigilant, diligent and responsible.”
From The Desk of The President – Monday, 11 May 2020 – https://t.co/JOMsTHYVXK . Since the beginning of May, when we began the gradual easing of the nation-wide coronavirus lockdown, many people have started returning to work. pic.twitter.com/d1DLC4JCIF
— Presidency | South Africa ?? (@PresidencyZA) May 11, 2020