Tutu: South Africans are sitting ducks in the coronavirus pandemic
The disproportionate dangers the coronavirus pandemic poses for the poor and disadvantaged became horribly evident in South Africa at the weekend when it officially became one of the worst-hit countries in the world.
On Saturday the World Health Organization reported a record number of single-day infections meaning that South Africa's 350,879 cases now make up roughly half of all confirmed infections on the African continent.
In response to the crisis, Archbishop Desmond Tutu is clear that Covid-19 poses a big problem for nations like South Africa that have fewer health care resources and people living in crowded conditions.
South Africa in now fifth in a ghastly league table of infectioin rates topped by countries with far greater populations like the U.S., Brazil, India and Russia.
A statement issued by the Desmoind and Leah Tutu `Legacy Foundation said: "The simple fact is that many South Africans are sitting ducks because they cannot comply with World Health Organization protocols on improved hygiene and social distancing,”
The key is for people, despite being wearied by the constraints of the pandemic, to remain ever vigilant. The Tutu warning came as the South African Health Minister expressed concern that people were dropping their guard and abandoning both the wearing of masks and the practice of social distancing.