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'Do Not Panic' Cyril Reacts As Speculation For Strict Lockdown Looms

President Cyril Ramaphosa has reacted to the stricter lockdown anxiety being experienced by South Africans in the face of increasing Covid-19 cases in the country.

Ramaphosa said people should not panic as admissions in hospitals are not in large numbers.

"I have been in touch with the minister of health about the virus and he said yes, it is more transmissible, it seems, than others. However, he says our hospital admissions are not increasing at an alarming rate, meaning that whilst people may be testing positive, they are not in large numbers being admitted into hospitals.

It is for that reason that I did say that we should not panic because it is possible, and tests and research still needs to be done and although Omicron spreads, it does not seem to be resulting in greater number of admissions in hospitals and we should take heart in that," said Ramaphosa.

The president was speaking during a press briefing shortly after reaching bilateral agreements and signing memorandum of understanding with his Ghanaian counterpart President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at Jubilee House in Accra.

Ramaphosa said the new variant is going to be found all over the world and that people needed to learn to live with the virus.

"This virus continues to mutate, it started off as a first variant, went to second and third and going into the fourth and we might have right up to the 10th because it is a variant and it mutates," he said.

Ramaphosa said all people could rely on were the tools that were in place.

"I could not agree more with president Akufo-Addo when he says we have got to get the vaccination levels up and this is where the developed economies have been so greedy as to have hoarded vaccines and not made vaccines available.

We have had to scout around to find vaccines all over and therefore we say vaccination is the biggest defence we have got," he said.


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