South Africa To Stay On Level 1, But Vaccines Could Be Made Mandatory:RAMAPHOSA’S ADDRESS
Ever since the announcement of the new Covid-19 variant, the masses have been more concerned about stricter lockdown regulations rather than being vaccinated or practicing health protocols to avoid being diagnosed with the virus.
While people are looking forward to the Christmas holidays, Health Minister Joe Phaahla hinted that interprovincial travel could be banned. More so, the B4SA organization requested that the government only allows vaccinated people more freedom.
Anti-vaxxers have made it clear that they have no intention to get the jab, citing that the new Covid-19 cases and Omicron, the new variant, are only coming to light because the elections are over and the government no longer needs votes.
Yesterday, President Cyril Ramaphosa met with the National Coronavirus Command Council for the development of Omicron and the fourth wave. According to several sources, the country will remain on lockdown level one, but the government will be urging the masses to get vaccinated to help the country reach herd immunity.
Should the number of new Covid-19 cases continue to increase, it has been reported that the government will have no choice but to make vaccination mandatory.
Furthermore, the public will be encouraged to continue practicing health protocols like sanitizing, wearing masks, and social distancing.
While remaining on level 1 has been welcomed by the public, some people are calling for the country to be removed permanently from lockdown. They say that international travelers or rather tourists are free to do what they like when visiting the country, but South Africans face a jail sentence should they not adhere to health protocols.
The dire shortage of law enforcement officers will make it difficult for the country and its citizens to be placed on hard lockdown because whenever there is a shortage of food, people will defy lockdown regulations. Many people are already breaking curfew hours and defying lockdown regulations like wearing masks in public. One would swear that this country is no longer on lockdown.
If full lockdown is achieved, more people will die of hunger than covid-19. As soon as lockdown is lifted, cases of covid-19 will soar. Nonetheless, if we remain on level 1, we will need controlled social distancing with particular attention to vulnerable groups like the sick and elderly.
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