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Revealed| Why South Africa Stayed on Level 1 After New Variant

Date: 29/11/22

Source:

https://www.gov.za/speeches/president-cyril-ramaphosa-address-south-africas-response-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-28

Background

What can be said is that a majority of South Africans were expecting very bad news on the national address by the president on Sunday. This is because there have been so many rumours going on about a harder lookdown that might come with an alcohol ban.

Many people went and stocked up on alcohol only to find that the country remains on level 1. This was surprising to most, given the fact that cases started rising and a new variant of the virus was found. The president however revealed why the country will stay on level 1.

Report

The president explained that he met with the National Coronavirus Command Council and they had a heavy discussion of what the next move be. They however realise that things are different now even though there's a new variant than before. He explained that it is because of the availability of vaccines that the country has refrained from moving to a higher lockdown. Below is a quote from his speech:

"In taking the decision not to impose further restrictions at this stage, we considered the fact that when we encountered previous waves of infection, vaccines were not widely available and far fewer people were vaccinated.

That is no longer the case. Vaccines are available to anyone aged 12 and above, free of charge, at thousands of sites across the country. We know that they prevent severe disease and hospitalisation."

Opinion

What the president decided to do was very noble of him. The country cannot afford another increase in lockdown level because the economy has already taken a huge blow and now people are still trying to get their finances in order.

An increase in lockdown level could be detrimental for a lot of people and this is why this decision is the first. The only issue that's going to be present is the fact that it's going to be hard to get people to vaccinate. Since vaccination is the only way out it is possible that mandatory vaccines are going to the major thing in the upcoming weeks.

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