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Thursday, 09 July 2020 12:28

Pandemic has had an unprecedented effect

The effect on families who have lost their loved ones and especially bread winners due to the Covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented.

The ripple effect on the economies of countries worldwide has manifested itself in massive unemployment and retrenchments – an, South Africa is no exception to this.

Relief provided by our government, businesses, non-profit organisations, civil society, etc., is not limitless and exhaustion of resources is very real.

In particular, welfare organisations - dependent entirely on the support of their generous donor community, at the forefront of providing relief to the most vulnerable - are overwhelmed by the unprecedented need for assistance from people directly and indirectly affected by the virus.

Thus far, over half a million have succumbed to the pandemic with over 10 million infections worldwide.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and health professional augur that the pandemic can worsen.

Countries and governments have been caught unawares and are unprepared for the circumstances that have prevailed and continue to prevail in terms of the pandemic.

Perhaps even more alarming is that epidemiologists and scientists have expressed that such emerging viruses coming out of the world’s ecosystems will find their way into the human species.

Discovery of a “silver bullet” anti-virus is not imminent, further heightening the vulnerability of man.

Now, more than any other time in our history and geopolitics, every individual needs to focus on support for our communities, cohesion for solutions, peace and the survival of mankind.

LETTER PUBLISHED: The Mercury – Thursday, July 2 2020

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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