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Ramaphosa Calls For Urgent NCCC Meeting As Fear Of New Variant Looms

Source: https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/cyril-ramaphosa-calls-nccc-meeting-as-new-covid-19-variant-hits-sa-56761423-1550-4ea1-b9e7-b2b2b2752c91

Background

Yesterday, the whole world learned that there is a new Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529 also known as Omicron, which has been detected in South Africa. Immediately after the news broke, some countries like the United Kingdom and Israel decided to ban incoming flights from South Africa to protect their citizens from the new deadly disease.

This morning, tons of British citizens who are stuck in South Africa tried to leave for their countries so they could be home. South Africans, on the other hand, are wondering why most of these variants are detected in their countries, with many people comforting themselves by believing that South Africa has the best scientists in the whole world.

Currently, the country is facing a high number of new Covid-19 cases and the death toll is slowly rising due to Omicron.

Report



This Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa will be in a meeting with the National Coronavirus Command Council to consider placing the country at a stricter lockdown level and tightening up the lockdown restrictions.

According to several sources, the Presidency will announce a Presidential address following the meeting between the President and the NCCC.

It is not clear if the country will be on lockdown level 5 like it was at the outbreak of the global pandemic, and alcohol and cigarettes will be completely banned. However, due to panic, many people have made use of today's Black Friday deals and they have flooded liquor stores to stock up on alcoholic beverages before the President's National address.

Public's Opinion

While many people think that the variant is a joke and possibly self-produced, some are wondering if their holiday season plans will be affected. Others are alleging that the variant was there a long time ago, but the government kept quiet because they wanted the masses to vote, which could be why the new cases rate has risen drastically.

Author's Opinion

There is no reason for a stricter lockdown level because the country has vaccines. Besides, it has been reported that Omicron is less harmful than other variants. What the country needs is for people to be vaccinated, that's all.

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