- While addressing the nation on Sunday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa urged South Africans to limit close contact with others
- He revealed a new way to greet instead of hugging and shaking hands
- The president demonstrated an 'elbow greeting' and it has now gone viral on Mzansi social media
President Cyril Ramaphosa has laid out South Africa's plans for tackling the coronavirus Covid-19 on Sunday during a national address.
He announced a sweeping set of measures limiting public gatherings, closing schools and cancelling national celebration events.
In his speech, the president called on South Africans to stop shaking hands and hugging each other.
The president demonstrated an elbow greeting and it has now gone viral. David Scott of The Kiffness remixed the video, adding a soundtrack and some other special effects and social media users were left laughing out loud.
"It had to be done," Scott captioned the hilarious video of Ramaphosa repeating the elbow greeting over and over.
Take a look at the video below:
The video quickly gathered over 51 000 views and South Africans could not contain their laughter.
Twitter user, @Fafizm1, commented:
"That greeting is contagious, it's Elbowla."
Another tweep, @lefamishedcat_, added:
"You never miss a beat sir."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported on Monday morning, the president's letter to South Africa focused on the coronavirus.
Commenting on the situation, Ramaphosa noted that the world was dealing with a public health emergency on a scale not witnessed in over a century:
"It knows no geographical or territorial boundaries, has infected both young and old, and is on the rise in developed and developing countries alike. As screening and testing is scaled up, the number of infections in South Africa is expected to rise. Yesterday, I declared a national state of disaster, a measure proportionate to the severity of the threat to our people, to our society and to our economy."
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