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"Lets avoid risky behaviors this festive season" David Makhura


As Covid-19 infections in Gauteng reach "unprecedented proportions," Premier David Makhura has urged residents to avoid large gatherings.On Thursday, Makhura spoke to the media following a briefing by the provincial health department.

He expressed concern that at least eight million adults in Gauteng are not immunized, implying that infections could spread quickly if people do not avoid large crowds."Let us avoid risky behavior in large groups because it puts us at greater risk." We must vaccinate because it is the most powerful weapon against the Omicron variant. We are in a better position than during the first wave because we have vaccines and the best scientists."

Makhura stated that the province will continue to implement vaccination strategies in order to vaccinate as many residents as possible.

"We're back up to more than 50,000 vaccinations per day." In recent weeks, we had fallen below 30,000 per day. If we can maintain 50,000 vaccinations per day during this period and into the festive season, we will be one step closer to reaching at least another half-a-million people before they leave Gauteng [for vacation].We want to encourage more people to take charge of their health by getting vaccinated. "Once we've exhausted all other options, we'll look into mandatory vaccinations," he said.

President Cyril Ramaphosa urged people to get vaccinated on Sunday, saying a task team had been formed to look into mandatory vaccinations.

"The government has formed a task force to conduct broad consultations on making vaccinations mandatory for specific activities and locations."The task force will report to the inter-ministerial vaccinations committee, which will make recommendations to cabinet on a fair and sustainable approach to vaccine mandates.

"We recognize that implementing such measures is a difficult and complex issue, but if we do not address this seriously and urgently, we will continue to be vulnerable to new variants and suffer new waves of infection," he said.

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