In the past few days there have been many calls to move South Africa to level one of lockdown. These calls are being justified by the relatively low number of new infection's and deaths that have been occuring. However, while this may be a good idea for the economy, moving South Africa to level one may be a bad idea for average citizens. There lifestyles will significantly change and they may actually lose a lot of if the Country decides to normalize. Here are just some of the things that may happen.
Ending the Social relief grant :
The SRD Grant has been a saving grace for many South Africans. This grant has helped them to put food on their tables and sustain there households. It is no doubt an essential part of their lifestyle. However, the grant is to help people who cannot provide for themselves during lockdown, and when lockdown ends and the economy recovers, it only makes sense that the grant would end. This would leave people with less money to sustain themselves, while it can be argued that these people should find a job, it becomes difficult with South Africas unemployment rate.
The end of vaccinations :
While I do not believe that this is as likely as the other scenario. The end of the lockdown due to the lowering of infections, may also signal the end of the vaccination rollout. It makes sense that if the virus stops, than so should vaccines. At the end of the day we may not need a vaccine if our lives are no longer at threat. This would also end the debate around vaccine hesitancy. However, I do believe that this is less likely, and that even if the virus does become scarce, the call for vaccinations will remain.
When it comes down to it, there are both negative and positive outcomes outcomes to moving to level one. So which do you want. Tell me in the comments section and follow for more news as it happens.
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