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Covid-19: against Omicron, South Africa wants to speed up vaccination – Sciences et Avenir

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday called on the South African population to be quickly vaccinated against the record number of Covid-19 contaminations due to the new Omicron variant first detected in late November in the country.

“We are facing an unprecedented rate of contamination since the start of the pandemic,” President Ramaphosa said in his weekly bulletin.

“I call on all South Africans to be vaccinated without delay,” adds the Head of State, who highlights that the new variant is the main vector of this new wave of contamination.

South Africa surpassed the number of 3 million contaminations last week, with 89,944 deaths on December 3, confirming its place as the country in Africa most affected by Covid-19.

In a week, the president said, the number of daily infections has increased fivefold and the positivity rate is now 25%, up from 2% two weeks ago.

Some 14.8 million South Africans have been fully immunized, or about 25% of the population, as authorities have set a goal of immunizing 70% by the end of the year.

Since this weekend, vaccination centers are opening everywhere – shopping centers, bus stops, churches, airports, sports centers, etc … – in an attempt to reach the largest number of candidates to be vaccinated.

Despite the exponential increase in cases of infection, the number of deaths remains very limited, with, for example, a single death on Sunday for 11,125 new cases of infection.

The most densely populated province of Gauteng, which comprises the capital Pretoria and the country’s largest city, Johannesburg, records the most cases of new infections.

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