Coronavirus: EFF says first deaths should serve as wake-up call to SA

Coronavirus: EFF says first deaths should serve as wake-up call to SA

- The EFF has noted the deaths of two South Africans who passed away due to the coronavirus

- The party says that this development should serve as a wake-up call to citizens to do their part in preventing the spread of the virus

- The Red Berets called on employers who are forcing workers to continue business to immediately stop

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The Economic Freedom Fighters have noted with sadness the death of two South Africans in the Western Cape, the first deaths since the pandemic reached the country.

In a statement noting the fatalities, the EFF said this should serve as a wake-up call to the rest of the country during this lockdown period:

"The rise in the number of people that have tested positive for Covid-19 and the recent deaths must be an indication to us that the situation is serious. We urge all South Africans to adhere to the rules of the National Lockdown, follow the precautionary measures set out by the Department of Health and to stay at home."

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The party called on employers illegally compelling non-essential employees to work during this time to desist immediately and heed the call to shutdown:

"We call on all employers who insist on remaining fully operational to desist and shutdown their companies. These unfortunate deaths should be a wakeup call to all of us regarding the gravity of the Covid-19 pandemic, as such we should all be a part of preventing its spread."

Citizens were urged to make use of the hotlines provided and condolences were sent to the families of those who passed away:

"We call on all South Africans to remain safe and make use of the hotlines provided by government to address any cases of abuse in the household and health care needs. Our prayers are with the families of those who have passed away in the Western Cape. We pass our sincerest condolences and may their loved ones Rest in Peace. Let us all remain strong and take care of our health. We shall overcome." reported that the Department of Health had noted the two fatalities in a statement confirming that the cases in SA have risen above the 1 000 mark.

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