By now, South Africans have realised that indeed there was a possibility that the majority of the population could within a few months be infected by the dreaded Coronavirus.
Already Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize leading a high powered cabinet delegation announced on Monday that seven people in the country had been infected with the virus - which raised a lot of concern among the citizenry. By Wednesday afternoon the cases have climed to 13 confirmed infections.
And despite both President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minster Mkhize calls on South Africans not to panic as the virus would be brought under control, in typical Mzansi;style, locals really got worried that the entire Coronavirus issue was threatening to get out of hand.
Government intensified calls on the members of the public to remain calm and avoiding spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 adding that South Africa remained commitment to do everything in its power to mitigate against the uncontrollable spread of COVID-19 in our country. We are pleased that despite the obvious pressure from the hard-to-please South Africans, the members of the public have been and are continuing to be kept abreast on all relevant developments on the COVID-19 in a very open and transparent manner.
We are equally happy that operations centres have been established and are still running 24-hours a day until further notice.
With the virus seemingly increasing its presence in both South Africa and various other parts of the world, government reiterated the practise of responsible behaviour from the public to contain the spread of the virus.
This includes regular washing of hands with an alcohol based hand rub or wash them with water and soap; maintaining at least a one metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
The prevention of the spread of Covid-19 can be contained by staying at home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. In the North West, we were even more happy when authorities announced on Tuesday that the person found to have been infected with the COVID-19 was later found to have no trace of the virus after undergoing several tests .
This, at the time of going to press on Wednesday afternoon, meant that there were no cases of the COVID-19 in the North West. Health officials, including doctors, nurses and others at the Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp must be complemented for the remarkable work they did on the patient who was later discharged.