MPUMALANGA Health MEC Sasekani Manzini has urged store managers, workers and consumers to wear masks properly at shopping centres across the province.

She was addressing shoppers at Hazyview Mall and taxi rank on Tuesday, 5 January.

“We encourage people to adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols as this is aimed at protecting lives against the deadly virus. All members of society can prevent and minimise transmission by adhering to regulations,” the MEC said.

She pleaded with everyone to wear their masks correctly, which is by covering both their mouth and nose, as well as to further maintain social distancing, and to wash and sanitise hands regularly.

Manzini said those who tested positive or were exposed to someone who had tested positive had to comply with self-isolation and quarantine protocols.

“As government, we still put a lot of emphasis that the virus can be contained through compliance with Covid-19 non-pharmaceutical interventions. These remain vital in reducing transmissions and preventing significant resurges while we wait for the vaccine,” said the MEC.

“We also urge everyone to know the most common symptoms of Covid-19, which are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some people also experience a sore throat and runny nose.

“It is critical to comply with the non-pharmaceutical interventions and adoption of maintaining a physical distance.”