Staff at this supermarket reminded people that shopworkers are on the frontline in this pandemic just like medics after holding this emotional memorial in the store for two colleagues who died of COVID-19.
The incident was filmed at a Checkers supermarket in Bayside Mall located in the city of Cape Town in the south-western South African province of Western Cape.
Two videos were shared on Facebook by netizen ‘Candice Amber Bester’ which have been viewed 310,000 and 160,000 times respectively.
In the footage, supermarket workers are seen wearing protective gear as they hold candles in front of photos of the two COVID-19 victims.
The customers and staff then listens to a woman praying on the floor in the Xhosa language.
She says: “Our Father who art in Heaven, show yourself during these difficult times. We are not coping, Lord.”
Reports said that the two victims could not be named because their families did not give permission.
According to local media, the supermarket closed in mid-April after a worker tested positive for the deadly virus.
The store reportedly reopened two days later, but was forced to shut again when more positive test results were announced.
A company spokesperson told local media that there are no clear plans on when the supermarket will reopen.
The Shoprite Group of Companies, Africa’s largest food retailer, said that anyone who had come into contact with the deceased workers is currently self-isolating.
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