Source : www.timeslive.con
Our lives have changed dramatically since the outbreak of covid-19 in china at 2019. At first we thought maybe it is a joke when we saw people wearing masks going up and down and most people did not know what does lockdown means until it was introduced in south africa. People pleaded with the president of south africa Cyril Ramaphosa to close borders when the virus was stil dominating in China.
But unfortunately he acted late after the first flight from italy landed in OR Tambo with passengers who tested positive for Covid-19. The virus started to spread across the country within shorter period of a time & that's where lockdown was introduced by trying to stop the spreading of the virus.
After attending many election campaign events that flouted Covid disaster regulations, President Cyril Ramaphosa faces a backlash if he ratchets up the lockdown on Sunday.
This was the warning from civil society leaders on Saturday as the National Coronavirus Command Council met in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus identified by South African scientists this week.The arrival of the variant, accompanied by a rapid rise in infections, especially in younger people, fuelled fresh calls for compulsory vaccinations as the daily average rate of jabs slumped to below 100,000 in the last week.
Ramaphosa is expected to host another “family meeting” on Sunday.Mauritius became the latest country to ban flights from SA on Saturday. Thursday's announcement that Omicron has quickly become the dominant variant in of SA sparked travel curbs by the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Thailand, Turkey, Brazil, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Iran, Israel and Singapore. The EU urged member states to bar travellers from SA.
Thousands of foreign would-be international visitors immediately cancelled bookings, and the department of international relations and & co-operation said the travel bans were “akin to punishing SA for its advanced genomic sequencing and the ability to detect new variants quicker”.
Minister Naledi Pandor said: “This pandemic requires collaboration and sharing of expertise. Our immediate concern is the damage that these restrictions are causing to families, the travel and tourism industries and business.”
Business for SA chair Martin Kingston said Ramaphosa should acknowledge the ramifications of the travel bans and “the precarious state of the economy, and tourism in particular”.He urged the president to avoid the economic damage of a stricter lockdown and instead take steps to raise vaccination rates.
Harsher lockdown it is not a solution because if people are restricted from going to work, they will starve to death as there is no means of income. People must go to work so thatthey can be abke to support themselves and their families. Beside that the economy is already compromised because of the lockdown as production is stopped.
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