- South African football coach Desiree Ellis has revealed that she tested positive for Covid-19
- The sports personality wanted to use her diagnosis to raise awareness about the reality of the pandemic
- She encouraged South Africans to keep practising the safety measures that have been implemented by government
Retired South African women's footballer and current coach of the South Africa women's national football team, Desiree Ellis has opened up about testing positive for Covid-19. Taking to social media, Ellis shared that the reason she has been quiet was because she was not well.
"I have not been very active on social media recently but feel I have an obligation to share this with you. These past few weeks have been very difficult for us as a family. I have tried to be cautious by wearing my mask, sanitizing and/or washing my hands and social distancing but yet I tested positive for Covid-19 along with a few family members."
The coach also shared that she has since recovered from the virus by the grace of God and by following medical advice. Ellis felt that she was now in a better position to raise awareness about the virus.
"Some of our fellow South Africans and some in other countries have lost their family and friends, some have lost jobs, some their homes and some are not in good health any more.
"I really urge you to make sure that we individually and collectively play out part as part of a team to make sure we stop the spread."
She went on to say that it was our responsibility to look after each other.
"So I urge/plead with everyone to remember the basics and let's practice the health protocols to the maximum."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that a Durban hospital facing overcrowding with Covid-19 patients and high rates of absenteeism by staff members is being looked into.
This comes after pictures of patients lying on the floor and a film of a woman crying for help was shared online. In the clip, the woman can be heard begging for help also stating that she was experiencing difficulties breathing.
Other patients are also sleeping in chairs and left unattended while no help comes for them.
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