President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 has reached 150. This as the health department stated on Wednesday that the number of local transmissions was growing.
âThe level of infections has now risen to 150 and that for us is concerning because that already tells us if you extrapolate that it could start rising in greater numbers,â Ramaphosa said on Thursday.
He said the rise reinforces governmentâs call for social distancing to slow the spread of the virus.
Ramaphosaâs announcement indicates that the amount of confirmed cases increased by 34 in a day.
The president was addressing the media after his meeting with church leaders on a way forward to implement governmentâs ban on gatherings of more than 100 people.
Ramaphosa described his meeting with religious leaders as constructive as there was an agreement to cancel big meetings and services to prevent mass infection.
Head of the SA Council of Churches Bishop Malusi Mpulwana condemned religious leaders who have been resisting governmentâs calls for social distancing.
âChurches who refuse to do this could face charges of endangering (peopleâs lives),â he said.
Mpulwana said this situation with the coronavirus was âworse than warâ.
Leaders of other religious bodies came out in support of governmentâs efforts.
Maulana Ebrahim Bham, representing the Muslim faith, said some mosques have suspended prayers in congregation while in other areas, congregations have been limited to smaller areas.
The Anglican Church, the Dutch Reform Church and the Nazareth Baptist Church have also committed to support governmentâs efforts.
Ramaphosa said the meeting decided that there should be a national day of prayer to overcome the spread of the pandemic.
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