Thursday marked a huge turning point after scientists discovered that there is a new COVID-19 variant. There's a lot of countries that have put on their precautionary measures to ban flights that are coming from South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa meet with his cabinet today and they have decided to keep alert level 1 in tact with a few slight changes. If you have missed the address, worry not because we've got you covered with a short summary below.
Summary of the address:
— The country remains on Level 1
— State of disaster continues
— Governments sets up a tasks team to look at measures to make vaccines mandatory.
— Curfew at 12 to 4pm
— No more than 100 people are permitting at funerals and after tears is not allowed
— The sale of alcohol is permitted
— 31% of the population have been fully vaccinated by the Johnson and Johnson jabs.
— SA is looking for booster vaccines for people that are at greater risk. This includes a staged program for health care workers that have been inoculated in the past 6 months.
— Avoid indoor gatherings with poor ventilation which have been identified to be huge contributors to the mass spread of the virus.
Now that a new variant was has been identified we need to go back to using the safety measures that we have been making use of ever since the outbreak of the pandemic. This means that you have to always wear your mask when going out and practice social distancing. Moreover it's important that you constantly wash your hands or alternatively make use of a hand sanitizer with a percentage of atleast 75%. The festive season is upon us and we will be gathering with our families and friends. Don't make it harder than it already is by not adhering to the rules.
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