Coronavirus: Citizens ignore Ramaphosa's call for calm and flood shops

Coronavirus: Citizens ignore Ramaphosa's call for calm and flood shops

- Just hours ago President Cyril Ramaphosa assured the nation that there was sufficient stock to supply the country

- This seems to have been little comfort for some citizens who flocked to retailers on Tuesday

- Despite warnings over crowded public places, many seemed less concerned about the coronavirus and more stressed about stocking up

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President Cyril Ramaphosa's address to South Africa on Monday made it clear that national retailers had ordered enough stock to make it through the lockdown.

Nevertheless, citizens headed out to stockpile goods, breaking social distancing warnings and crowding the aisles.

Items like hand sanitiser, perishable items and toilet paper have been flying off the shelves with reports of Makro outlets in Gauteng facing huge crowds. reported that Ramaphosa had announced the 21-day lockdown in an attempt to limit the continued spread of the coronavirus and ensure SA's healthcare system avoids a situation where it is overwhelmed.

READ ALSO: Coronavirus: Ramaphosa announces 21-day lockdown in South Africa

While the majority of citizens understood the call for calm and to stay at home, these people have opted to put themselves at risk in favour of shopping.

This is especially concerning when Ramaphosa made it transparent that South Africans would still be able to purchase food and access pharmacies during this period.

With the number of cases rising to 554 on Monday and the largest portion of confirmed cases centred in Gauteng, the risk these citizens have put themselves in at paramount.

During his address, Ramaphosa reiterated that the most effective way to avoid infection was to make basic changes in behaviour and hygiene:

  • Wash hands frequently with hand sanitiser or soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow
  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals
  • Avoid contact with other people within your means
  • Stay at home and avoid public places, cancel social activities

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