South Africa Corona Update: South Africa relaxed the Kovid rules in the last days of the year 2021. On 30 December, the government also abolished the curfew which was in force from March 2020. Initially, the rules of quarantine and testing of exposure to the infected were also relaxed but were later withdrawn. These steps set the convention for how countries were trying to combat the pandemic. Infectious disease specialist Shabir Madhi from the University of the Witwatersrand and his colleagues show the bold and risky side of it. The Government of South Africa, keeping an eye on serious cases of Kovid and seeing that the medical system is not overburdened, decided to take a practical approach.
The. Africa changed the way of dealing with Kovid
This reflects the government’s acceptance that the government is exploring ways to live with the virus while minimizing the impact of restrictions on economic, livelihood and social aspects. This is important for countries like South Africa where resources are limited. The recent move of the government is a remarkable step forward. He took a practical approach to balance the direct and indirect effects of Kovid. A key element of this approach is the development of immunity among large sections of the population. In the Sero survey conducted before the arrival of Omicron in Gauteng, South Africa’s economic center, 72 percent of people were reported to be infected with the first three waves.
sero survey data
According to the sero survey, antibodies were found in 79 to 93 percent of people over the age of 50 who were or were not vaccinated against Kovid-19, in this category there were more cases of hospitalization in previous waves. Sero survey data shows that a large population of the country has developed immunity to severe infection of Kovid from natural infection and even before vaccination. Existing evidence shows that T cell immunity generated against infection inactivates multiple targets and, especially when generated by natural infection, is not affected despite multiple genetic changes in Omicron (of Omicron) for more than a year. It is likely to remain for a long time. This can be explained by the observed reduction in the rate of hospitalization and even death rate in proportion to the number of cases of infection.
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Booster Dose and Vaccination
In the meantime, other important steps have also been taken such as giving booster doses to high-risk populations, including vaccination, which needs to be continued. It is also worth considering that only 10 percent of cases of infection are recorded in South Africa, so keeping the infected in quarantine will not significantly reduce the spread of the virus. Symbolic hand washing and body temperature recording can be done away with. There is also no reason not to allow people to go to watch the game in the ground. Instead, at least for the time being, the government should focus on measures such as masks and ventilation in closed spaces. Compulsory vaccination is still a consideration because more importantly, people without vaccination put others at risk and put a strain on the health system when admitted to hospital due to infection.
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