South Africa's Health Minister Joe Phaahla has said that the country can control the fourth wave of corona coming through the Omicron variant without banning it. He urged citizens to follow the rules and get full immunization done. We can manage Omicron with the basic tools we all know, Phaahla said. Omicron, which is feared to be growing worldwide, was first detected in South Africa last month.
"We can still take stringent decisions in such a way that the government does not need to impose serious restrictions," he said during a media briefing on Friday. It is possible if we all perform our basic duties of security measures. Get all the vaccine suo-cream. The new corona cases in South Africa have increased from nearly 200 daily to more than 16,000 on Friday in mid-November. The Omicron variant has more than 50 mutations and experts have called it a major jump in the pace of infection. Asked if a stringent lockdown can be imposed amid the rate of infection rising across the country. The Health Minister replied that there will be a meeting in the coming week.
He said that to see what measures need to be taken, we just need monitoring for more than a week. There will be a meeting in the coming week and we will also see if we need to increase the ban from the level we are thinking of. South Africa uses a five-tier lockdown strategy and is currently at its lowest level. Phaahla said only a few of the individuals who have been vaccinated have fallen ill, most of them are light cases. In addition, most of those admitted to the hospital are those who did not get vaccinated. The Minister strongly condemned the people for ignoring the symptoms and not following the corona rules.