South Africa declared a national state of disaster last year on the 27th of March 2020. This was very exciting because it was unprecedented. It brought with it a sense of adventure and intrigue.
But once again, too much of something does get old and now everyone is tired of the state of disaster. The country has been shifting through alert levels based on the trajectory of coronavirus cases.
Currently the country is enjoying alert level two with more restrictions than level one. Many are now calling for a move to alert level one since the cases seem to be going down consistently.
A move to level one may sound appealing and probably even necessary. But with the possibility of the return to a higher level, this move to level one might not be as exciting.
Like many, Alan Winde says that the government cannot keep the country under the state of national disaster forever. The economy is taking a huge strain with unemployment which keeps on growing quarter by quarter.
The country has for the first time recorded an unemployment rate of more than 30 percent. The big bulk of those without formal jobs is the youth.
Ending the state of national disaster will have the economy recover much faster and create much needed jobs. The tool the country can continue using is the vaccination of the citizens.
Once enough people have been vaccinated, the country will achieve herd immunity. This means that fewer cases of the coronavirus. The need for hospitalization will also be greatly reduced.
The Anti-Vaccers are not helping the course by encouraging people to shun the vaccines. It is one thing to refuse to be vaccinated, but asking people to do the same is taking too far.
We all need to be vaccinated, not just for ourselves but for the protection of others and for the economy to open. The minister of health Joe Phaahla hinted that with cases coming down the country could be moved down a level soon.
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