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Post office urged to observe Covid-19 protocols

With no social distancing in the queues of people linked to grant collection, the level of exposure and infection rates can spike, says minister.

DEPUTY minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, has called on managers at the South African Post Office (Sapo) to ensure that Covid-19 protocols are adhered to. 

This call comes after the deputy minister observed images circulating on social media of queues at post offices in which there is no social distancing, lack of personal protection equipment (PPE), and irresponsible behaviour such as close interactions and the sharing of food.

Mkhize has expressed concerned that among these images circulating are those of disabled children who are being put at risk due to lack of social distancing, as well face masks not being worn.

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“Many of these children with disabilities have underlying conditions and compromised immune systems, and as such, find themselves at increased risk of contracting Covid-19, and suffering from health complications as a result, that can even lead to loss of life,” the deputy minister said.

With no social distancing in the queues of people linked to grant collection, the level of exposure and infection rates can spike. 

The department has encouraged responsible departments to ensure that Covid-19 protocols are adhered to, as queues with no social distancing can be considered a ‘super-spreader’ event and can place an even bigger strain on the health system.  



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