- An eight-year-old girl was forced to celebrate her birthday in isolation
- The British girl expressed disappointment in not being able to spend the day with her friends
- To make her day, all the neighbours stood outside and sang happy birthday to her
South Africans are only now experiencing the start of the 21-day lockdown imposed by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
At this stage, it's hard to gauge the full impact on our lives, but Brits have had a head start.
As a result, Sophia Thomas was fearing the worst as she was forced to celebrate her eight birthday in isolation.
The little girl based in Southampton was a little disappointed that her friends weren't allowed to visit, but her parents Rob and Alison combined with the neighbours to pull off a wonderful surprise.
Alison initially reached out to neighbours via social media, calling on them to give Sophia a card or some sort of acknowledgement on her special day.
Unilad reported that one thoughtful resident came up with the idea to summon everyone in the street and get them to sing happy birthday to her.
The heartwarming moment was caught on camera and went viral via social media.
Speaking about his daughter's reaction, Rob said: "While we knew what was going to happen, Sophia didn’t; she’s naturally a confident and chatty girl but this left her completely gob smacked and overwhelmed."
In news relating to isolation, EFF leader Julius Malema took exception to citizens requesting to have the right to jog and walk their dogs during lockdown.
Briefly.co.za reported that Malema pulled no punches when reports indicated that government would be allowing the proposed routine.
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