The views of the people remain divided after the address of Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday. Part of the key takeaways is that after deliberating with the cabinet and experts, they have decided to keep alert level 1 for now. Ramaphosa also noted that he is well aware of the impact that is posed by countries that used knee-jerk reactions to respond after a new variant was discovered in South Africa. Join us as we unpack more of the story below.
Urging people to vaccinate
The surge in cases has been very alarming and might indicate that we are in the gist of the fourth wave of infections. As it stands 31% of the adult population has been fully vaccinated while others remain hesitant about getting their jabs. There are ongoing pop-up campaigns that will be spread across the country including on workplaces to make access to the vaccines easy. He has also stated that our health care system is prepared to deal with new infections should they persist over the next coming weeks.
The president has also indicated that they have set up a task team that is going to look into implementing measures for vaccine mandates on specific activities and locations. This news was rather had to swallow for people that are against the vaccine. Some even pointed out that Ramaphosa emphasized at the beginning that no one is going to be forced to take the vaccines without their will.
No change to measures
He continued to urge everyone that they should keep up with the safety habits that have been making use of since the outbreak of the virus. This includes the wearing of masks, washing of hands and social distancing. The good news is that there are not strict restrictions which have been implemented, which means people can still go ahead with their December plans.
Should the government enforce the mandate that everyone should be vaccinated unwillingly, that is bound to stire a lot of chaos in the country. People that are vaccinated are still at risk of getting infected, why force someone that was never infected with the virus to vaccinate? I guess well never know. What we know for sure is that should the number of infections increase over the next coming weeks, stricter restrictions are going to be put in place. Share your views about this story on the comments section below. Hit the follow button and never miss out when we publish new articles daily.
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