It was sunny again today. The Earl had to fix his radio aerial which took him most of the day. I did some laundry and Lollz and I went to the shop to top up on supplies. We couldn’t decent braai chops so we decided to do pizzas for supper instead.
I spent some time researching what is happening with Coronavirus. We are expecting our president, Cyril Ramaphosa to update us on whether the Lockdown will end or be extended. He is being very proactive in trying to protect our country and the rest of Africa from the virus. We expect him to address the nation sometime this week.
Testing for Coronavirus is being ramped up in South Africa and with this more and more cases are being confirmed.
Total cases are now at 1 686 in South Africa. There have been 12 confirmed deaths so far. Three of those are from the Western Cape where there are 462 confirmed cases of the virus.
It was distressing to learn that Britain’s prime minister, Borris Johnson, is in ICU with the virus.
When one is cocooned in a relatively unaffected area it is easy to be positive and think this will all be over soon. But then reality hits when you turn on the television, listen to the radio or pop into social media. We have to stay at home, people. We have to take this seriously! I have just heard on the radio – “If you can’t go out into the world, we are going to bring the world to you!” This is not comforting, 5FM! We want to hear that it’s all over and we can go to the beach again!
My friend, Heather, sent me a link to a very interesting Ted Talk in which Bill Gates in 2015 warned that the world needed to prepare for a pandemic. It is well worth a look!
It seems to me that countries are better prepared for a war than a pandemic. Gates warned that a pandemic would kill more people than a war and that enough trained people should be prepared like soldiers are prepared to be ready to go where they are needed to fight the disease.
Plagues and pandemics have of course been popping up throughout history. This diagram that I found on Visual Capitalist along with a really good article on the subject puts it in perspective
So right now Coronavirus is not looking too bad – BUT do we want it to look like the Black Plague? The Spanish ‘flu spanned two years and killed between 40 and 50 million people. We need to stay at home otherwise this can only get worse!
David Kramer a very popular singer and songwriter in South Africa made wrote a new version of his hit song “Welcome to Cape Town. But this one, #TsekCorona!” encourages people to stay away from Cape Town during Lockdown. It is performed by the KaapKreools Collective. See it here.