Our viewpoint | Jump in SA Covid-19 cases

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OPINION:


Those who haven’t been vaccinated against Covid-19 would be well advised to make haste to their nearest vaccination site, pronto.

The massive jump in Covid-19 cases this week is a scary indicator of what could be on the cards in coming weeks.

On Tuesday, South Africa registered a whopping 868 new cases, a massive jump from the 312 the day before. Experts have warned that a fourth wave is likely to start in Gauteng, which yesterday alone recorded 605 new cases. As holidaymakers from up-country head for the KwaZulu-Natal coast in their December droves, they might bring the virus with them. Likewise, those whose roots are in KZN but who work in Gauteng, will come home for Christmas and distribute the virus here.

It is already abundantly clear that we have dropped our guard. In recent council meetings televised over this week, many of those in the footage were not wearing masks or had them covering just their mouths. Complacency reigns.

It is already abundantly clear that we have dropped our guard. In recent council meetings televised over this week, many of those in the footage were not wearing masks or had them covering just their mouths. Complacency reigns.

It’s a travesty that South Africa has delayed deliveries of the vaccine because we are overstocked because there has not been the uptake that government hoped for. These vaccines are now being shipped to other African countries.

Only 35% of South Africans are fully vaccinated, which equates to half of those that government had hoped would be jabbed by the end of the year. If 70% of us had received the vaccine we would be in a much better position to weather the threat of a fourth wave and avoid the disruption of stricter lockdown measures that could come with it.

The superstition and conspiracy theories around the vax have not abated, and when people’s resolve not to be vaccinated is anchored in these beliefs and fears it is hard to sway them. But when people have not been vaccinated because they simply have not got around to it, it is difficult to understand.

The superstition and conspiracy theories around the vax have not abated, and when people’s resolve not to be vaccinated is anchored in these beliefs and fears it is hard to sway them. But when people have not been vaccinated because they simply have not got around to it, it is difficult to understand.

It is an easy exercise which can prevent severe illness and death.

Surely that’s all the motivation you need to go and do what needs to be done for the greater good?

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