Although there has been an increase in the number of people taking the vaccine since the 18 and over category opened up, the numbers are still not where the government hoped they would be. With roughly 14.6 million people vaccinated in South Africa (as of Sunday evening), the country’s covid-recovery is still a long way away as the majority of people are still not vaccinated.
Some businesses have even offered incentives in the form of discounts, higher bonuses for their employees and other enticing offers to convince more people to get vaccinated. With the introduction of a vaccine passport, entry to public places will be regulated far more. Those who aren’t vaccinated will miss out on a lot more than discounts at stores. They might not even be let in.
Studies have shown that people who are not vaccinated are more likely to get severely ill or die from covid-19 than those who are vaccinated. This is also what allows the covid-19 virus to mutate, which is why we keep hearing new variants popping up, forcing the country into stricter lockdowns.
Although most of Cyril’s speech on Sunday evening aimed to get more South Africans to take the vaccine, even going as far as to plead with people to convince those around them to take it, he also brought the country down to a Level 2 lockdown. However, it’s not very far off from level 3. A few new changes that we can expect these next few weeks:
- All gatherings are now limited to 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.
- Alcohol will be sold for off-site consumption from Monday to Friday.
- Funerals are restricted to 50 people.
- Curfew will be from 11pm – 4am.
- Restaurants and non-essential establishments will be closed by 10 pm to allow patrons and employees to return home before curfew.
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