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It is important to get information on COVID-19 from good credible sources - WHO

8 April 2020 1:18 PM
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Director-general's special advisor DR Princess Nothemba Simelela answers callers' questions about coronavirus.

South Africans are currently going through a 21-day lockdown in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19.

As a result, sweeping travel and social gathering restrictions have been rolled out across the country.

The 21-day lockdown also came with a ban on alcohol and cigarette sales.

RELATED: COVID-19 cases reach 1,749 and SA has has 13 deaths confirmed

As of Tuesday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 1,749 and according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, there is also another death, bringing the total to 13 deaths.

Speaking to Clement Manyathela on the Midday Report World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general special advisor Dr Princess Nothemba Simelela answers callers' questions on the lockdown and COVID-19.

Trying to gather all the information on COVID-19 has been very busy and incredibly stressful but as you can see from the briefings our director-general has been giving, the information coming from all over the world shows that is has been a unique and trying time in the history of the world. The world is facing a serious challenge.

Dr Princess Nothemba Simelela, Director-general's special advisor - WHO

She says no one is immune to this novel coronavirus.

We know that these viruses do infect animals and there is more research on the origins of the virus.

Dr Princess Nothemba Simelela, Director-general's special advisor - WHO

Phangisa asked what would the end of look like for South Africa?

It is important to understand that how WHO provides guidance to countries on what to do, countries are at different stages of the pandemic. The decisions of what needs to be done by a different government is dependent on the situation in that country. Lockdowns are part of a broader guidelines that WHO provides countries.

Patrick wanted to know what the connection is between the coronavirus and 5G technology.

Technology is meant to drive information and it is not associated with the virus. The connection is to drive fake news and create panic. It is important to get your information on COVID-19 from good sources.

Dr Princess Nothemba Simelela, Director-general's special advisor - WHO

Listen below to the full conversation:


8 April 2020 1:18 PM
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#Covid19
21dayslockdown

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