SEKHUKHUNE – The Sekhukhune District’s COVID-19 Command Council (DCC) has sent out a stern warning to members of the community of a possible upsurge in coronavirus in infections during its biweekly virtual meeting held on Tuesday, 06 October 2020.
The DCC cautioned the public that the risk of contracting COVID-19 remained high amid the lessened number of infection cases.
The council said that while it noted that the district currently had 19 active cases and 2631 recoveries, it warned against complacency.
According to the DCC, thus far, 51 people had died of COVID-19 complications and it was more risky now that than in the hard lockdown because back then, people’s movements were restricted. The council also heard that a lot of people were more at risk now especially because most social events were permitted.
The DCC consists of Sekhukhune District Municipality Executive Mayor, Stanley Ramaila, local municipality mayors, senior officials from all local municipalities in the district and senior officials from sector departments such as Health, Social Development and Education.
Ralepane Mamekoa, Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality Mayor, who acted on behalf of Executive Mayor Ramaila as the DCC Chairperson, said basic rules had not changed and that people ought to still wear their masks and observe social distancing when out in public spaces.
Mamekoa said the responsibility of the people was to protect others and their loved ones, that primarily lay with the people as individuals.
The DCC further conveyed sincere condolences to families, friends and relatives of those who passed away because of COVID-19 complications.