The world is coming together and sharing

Dear community,

the second report about the situation in South-Africa is from Janet. Janet is living on the countryside in the Overberg in the Western Cape. She is a wonderful person and a great neighbor of our home in South-Africa. She gave us her view of situation about day one and updated it while yesterday it was day 7:

Thats her story from Day 1

Covid-19 is here and South Africa implemented a 21 day lockdown which started 26 March 2020. It is going to be an extremely difficult time for many people, especially those in the poorer areas who barely have a roof over their heads and who now face a bleak 3 weeks ahead of them.

Our president Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa is leading the country through this tough time and the majority of the people are in full support of his decision to implement the lockdown.

It is so heartening to see that even the opposition parties are fully behind his decision as well.

Day 1 is done and I share this message with all of you

„Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.“

This is my update from Day 7 of the lockdown in South Africa

  • Petrol prices at a record low, but nowhere to drive to except the closest shop for food.
  • School cancelled till April 16th but I think it will be longer.
  • Mums and dads home schooling, or trying to😂.
  • Self-distancing measures on the rise.
  • Tape on the floors at grocery stores and others to help distance shoppers 2m from each other.
  • Limited number of people inside stores, therefore lineups outside the store doors.
  • Non-essential stores and businesses closed.
  • Parks, trails, beaches and entire cities closed.
  • Entire sports season – cancelled.
  • Concerts, tours, festivals, entertainment events – cancelled.
  • Weddings, family celebrations, holiday gatherings – cancelled.
  • Churches are closed.
  • No gatherings of 50 or more, then 20 or more, now 5 or more people.
  • Don’t socialize with anyone outside of your home.
  • We are to distance from each other.
  • Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for our front-line workers.
  • Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill.
  • Panic buying set in and we have no toilet paper, no disinfecting supplies, no paper towels and no hand sanitizer.
  • Shelves were almost bare just before lockdown.
  • Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks and sanitizers .
  • Government closes the border to all non-essential travel.
  • Fines are established for breaking the rules..
  • Stadiums and recreation facilities asked to prepare to open up for the overflow of Covid-19 patients.
  • Press conferences daily weekly from our President. (who has being remarkable so far)
  • Barely anyone in the street or on the roads.
  • Learning how to make masks / sanitizer.
  • People wearing masks and gloves outside.
  • Essential service workers are terrified to go to work.
  • Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families.
  • Townships unable to comply to regulations.
  • Army and police starting to beat on people who don’t follow regulations.
  • BUT…
❤️The world is coming together and sharing. This is the truly remarkable fact to me.
❤️Humans are starting to stop and notice what’s important within their bubble.

This is the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, declared March 11th, 2020.

Hang out, enjoy your family.
Remember to laugh and love.
Be kind to each other – love one another – support everyone.
We are all in this together and we will all remember this time in years to come
#Staysafeandstayhome, Janet P.

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