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Friday, 11 September 2020 07:14

Dreadful effect of virus on families

The effect of the coronavirus pandemic on families who have lost their loved ones and especially breadwinners is unprecedented in recent times.

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

Relief provided by our government, businesses, non-profit organisations and civil society are 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 coronavirus.

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

The World Health Organization (WHO) and health professionals are predicting that the pandemic will get worse. 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 warned that 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, geopolitics and all individual need to focus on support for our communities, cohesion for solutions, peace and the survival of mankind.

LETTER PUBLISHED: THE MERCURY – Thursday, July 2 2020 and  DAILY NEWS– Monday, July 6 2020

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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