By Daniel Itai, Johannesburg, South Africa
Professor Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has attributed part of the current COVID-19 complacency to lockdown fatigue.
Since the 27th of March this year, the southern African has been put under a nationwide lockdown as a way of mitigating the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently the country is on alert lockdown level one where a lot of restrictions have either been removed or relaxed so as to allow some form of social and economic freedom.
However, many of the country’s populace are now becoming complacent which has since seen a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases.
“There is a lockdown fatigue and people are letting their guard down. We need to be reminded that we are not out of woods. We have to get people to aspire to help the country control this.
However, we have done a lot of good in managing the first wave and we can also do that with the second wave if people continue following COVID-19 protocols by the constant washing of hands with soap or hand sanitiser, wearing of masks and physical distancing.
Moreover, we have to keep on messaging and keeping on reminding people otherwise we are going to win this war. We need visible policing reminding people to wear their masks but we have to ensure that the policing won’t turn into police brutality,” said the president of SAMRC.
South Africa has since recorded 715 868 COVID-19 cases with 18 968 succumbing to the deadly virus and 646 170 recoveries.