As the country prepares for a 21 day national lockdown, President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Afrians to observe two minutes of prayer or silent meditation.
He has also called on citizens to display the national flag outside their homes.
Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko says this is an opportunity to rally South Africans around the fight against Covid-19.
People are feeling anxious, they feeling uncertain and many are feeling fearful and it is important that perhaps we take those two minutes between 6pm and 6:30pm today where we have a moment of silence where you pray if you pray, if you not religious you just reflect and sit in solitude.— Khusela Diko, Presidency spokesperson
In this solitude we are asking everybody to direct their thoughts to those who have been infected with Covid-19, families that are bereaved and have lost loved ones but also for the African continent.— Khusela Diko, Presidency spokesperson
Earlier on Thursday the Presidency said Ramaphosa had tested negative for the virus.
Diko has once again confirmed that the president is in good health.
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