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Lockdown: SA likely to remain on Level 1, as govt expected to move to increase vaccinations

News24President <a class=Cyril Ramaphosa"/>The government proposes that the country stays on Level 1 alert and that if Covid-19 cases continue to rise, forced vaccination may be considered.

Insiders revealed to News24 that the plans included Covid-19 testing for travellers arriving in South Africa and more vaccine "mobilisation," which might take the form of additional Vooma weekends - a vaccination effort.

On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and Minister of Health Joe Phaahla met with provincial premiers, MECs, and metro mayors.

Ramaphosa was supposed to address the country on recent events at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

According to insiders, Ramaphosa was contemplating forming a task force to investigate obligatory vaccines and the exclusion of the unvaccinated.

This is a possibility if Covid-19 infections grow.

The nation was to maintain Level 1 alert status with no significant adjustments or alterations to existing limitations.

Additionally, efforts were being made to assure the safe and effective operation of the border, and a negative test would be a necessity for admission.

Additionally, the government wanted to strengthen its communication strategy, focusing on behaviour modification, in order to boost Covid-19 immunization uptake.

While the majority of instances of the new Covid-19 form have been identified in Gauteng, Health Minister Joe Phaahla and experts think it may be prevalent in other provinces as well.

The government's message would include a renewed focus on non-pharmaceutical treatments such as mask use, sanitisation, hand washing, cleanliness, outside exercise, and crowd control.

Additionally, there would be continuing dialogue and involvement about workplace measures.

According to insiders, there was a recognition of the need to shift away from the Disaster Management Act as a framework for managing Covid-19.

Other recommendations suggested include the World Health Organization in the management of variations and avoiding a knee-jerk reaction.

The discussion with the country's premiers and MECs on Sunday focused on the effect of the novel Omicron coronavirus type that was discovered in Botswana and South Africa.

The variation resulted in governments closing their borders to southern African travellers.

Soon after African travellers' borders were blocked, governments worldwide closed their borders and instituted severe quarantines.

In the last 24 hours, South Africa has registered 3 220 coronavirus cases, increasing the overall number of illnesses to 2 958 548. The death toll increased to 89 791 on the news of eight further fatalities.

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