South Africa has entered “phase 3” of the coronavirus pandemic, but the infection, instead of stopping, is spreading, reports Fides News Agency. The cases have reached 395,000 (half of all infections in Africa) and the recorded deaths are 6,000. At the moment, they are concentrated in some areas. The greatest number of infections are in the Western Cape province and in the region of Johannesburg. Commuters who move to work in the east of the country have brought the virus to the least affected areas: “There are people who work between Cape Town and Gauteng – explains the Cape Healthcare Department – they move between these areas of the Country and spread the infection”. The fear is that the epidemic also reaches other regions less affected today.

To cope with the emergency, the authorities have imposed strict safety rules: social distancing, wearing face masks, disinfecting hands, etc. But shops, workshops, offices, and schools are open. Restaurants can work or sell takeaway food. Coffee shops are open at reduced hours. Electricity and Internet connection have always been guaranteed to the whole nation.

“The drama – observes Pablo Velasquez, a Scalabrinian missionary in Johannesburg – is that in the last few days people have lowered their guard. Too many people go around for work or to have fun because they have the feeling that the virus is not dangerous. This is likely to aggravate the situation and to sink into an even more rigid lockdown than what we have experienced in the past few months”.

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