Cut through the fake news (there’s a lot of it!) and head straight to these reliable sources for all your coronavirus updates.
President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster in South Africa on the 15th of March 2020. Along with this, he announced school closures and travel bans as the number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the country rose to 61.
Understandably and responsibly, people are wanting to stay abreast with the latest COVID-19 updates. However, there is a lot of fake news out there.
We suggest the following resources as your go-to:
The National Institute For Communicable Diseases (NICD)
The NICD is a resource of knowledge and expertise in regionally relevant communicable diseases to the South African Government, to SADC countries and the African continent.
For background on COVID-19, frequently asked questions, prevention, updates of countries, advice for returning travellers and more visit their site here.
The Department of Health launches website and WhatsApp support group
The Department of Health has created a website that covers all COVID-19 related resources. Here you will find important contact details and up-to-date news and resources.
You can also join the WhatsApp support group with these easy steps:
- Add this number as a Whatsapp contact: 0600 123 456
- Simply message ‘Hi’ and you will receive further prompts to join the conversation
The World Health Organisation
The WHO website is a great source for COVID-19 resources globally. We particularly found this article on myths about the coronavirus interesting and useful.
This site gives you all kinds of stats – like how many babies are born today and how many emails sent today (it’s a lot!). Recently they’ve added coronavirus stats to their site and you can filter per country.
We hope you find this information useful and please call the coronavirus outbreak 24-hour hotline number if you need assistance: 0800 029 999