South African president declares five days of mourning to honor COVID-19 victims

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a five-day mourning period in honor of those who succumbed to COVID-19.

No country in Africa has been hit harder by the pandemic than South Africa. The country has registered 772,252 infections and 21,083 deaths. This accounts for 36.91 percent of the continent’s cases and 41.92 percent of its fatalities.

“The President has directed that from today, 25 November to 29 November 2020, the nation should embark on five days of mourning particularly for the victims of COVID-19,” said vice president David Mabuza.

“During this period, the National Flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the country from 6am to 6pm.”

Mabuza called upon South Africans to join in the national mourning by wearing black armbands or ribbons.

He also urged families, communities and organizations to set up memorial corners where flowers, lit candles and other forms of memorialisation will be observed to remember and honour those who have lost their lives.

“As we mourn, we are reminded of our collective obligation to make a difference in every way we can in our various leadership roles in society,” said Mabuza.