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S’Africa goes spiritual for COVID-19

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…President declares May 31, National Day of Prayer

RATTLED by COVID-19 pandemic, the government and people of South African have taken to prayer in a bid to escape the scourge with President Cyril Ramaphosa declaring May 31 as the National Day of Prayer to strengthen national unity in fighting COVID-19 in the country.

  Addressing the people yesterday in a national broadcast, Ramaphosa called on the people to reflect on the conditions of affected persons and remember health workers and others who are at the frontline of the battle against the pandemic spread.

  “On this day, wherever we may be, I call upon you to turn your thoughts to all who have been affected by this pandemic,” the president said.

  He added that the National Day of Prayer is dedicated to the remembrance of those who are working to keep South African safe, and those who are suffering and grieving.

  The Orange country’s president further confirmed that the country will ease the current lockdown from level four to level three on June 1st, while assuring that restrictions on congregational worship will be gradually relaxed to avert spontaneous backlash.

  According to Ramaphosa, the level-three lockdown will allow 8 million people to return to work with the resumption of most sectors of the economy, following strict health protocols and social distancing rules.

  He emphasized that places of worship may reopen subject to strict restrictions, adding that social distancing will have to be observed and all worshippers and participants will have to wear face masks in line with the current regulations.

  “The social distancing and hygiene measures that are in place under the lockdown will have to continue in the future, and cannot be abandoned or compromised,” he noted.

  So far, South Africa has registered high number of daily toll from COVID-19.

  As at yesterday, the country has reported over 23,615 COVID-19 cases and 481 deaths.

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