US News COVID-19: curfew in South Africa

14:20  31 december  2021
14:20  31 december  2021 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

COVID: What is the government's strategy for the holidays?

 COVID: What is the government's strategy for the holidays? The Omicron variant continues to spread around the world and in France. In order to try to curb the progression of the epidemic, the government does not exclude "beyond" restriction measures in force. Several options are indeed on the table at the dawn of the end-of-year celebrations, and in particular for the new year.

noting a slight better of the health situation, the government makes a gesture on the eve of New Year's Eve. But all other measures remain in place.

  Covid-19 : levée du couvre-feu en Afrique du Sud © Provided by FranceInfo

At the beginning of Summer Summer, the news from South Africa regarding the coronavirus epidemic are rather good. The country, which saw appearing at the same time as in Botswana the Omicron Variant a little more than one month ago , now has a decline of new contaminations. To the point that, on the eve of New Year's Eve, the authorities decided to lift the curfew applied from midnight to 4 o'clock in the morning for a year. However, gatherings remain limited to 1,000 people indoors and double outdoors. The port of the mask in public spaces is also maintained. "A marginal increase in the number of deaths has been found in all provinces," said the presidency in a statement, believing that "all indicators suggest that the country is likely to have spent The peak of the fourth wave ".

Call for caution on South African data on OMICRON

 Call for caution on South African data on OMICRON Health-Coronavirus-Africa: Call for caution on South African data on Omicron © Reuters / DADO RUVIC Call for caution on South African data On OICRON (Reuters) - Data from South Africa suggesting that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 coronavirus is 70% to 80% less dangerous than the Delta should not be unambiguously extrapolated to the set From the world, said Thursday the Director of Disease Control Centers (CDC) in Africa.

with a little less than 90,000 contaminations in one week, the decline is 30% compared to the previous week. In mid-December, the Omicron variant, here too, was wreaking havoc, causing 26,000 new cases a day. A Yoyo movement that surprises the health professionals of the country. "The speed with which the fourth wave due to Omicron has increased, reaches a peak, then declined was staggering. A peak in four weeks and a precipitated decline in two weeks," said Fareed Abdullah of the South African Council of Research medical, cited by AFP.

A gesture for the Economy

Rosemary Anderson, President of the Southern Africa Hotel Federation (Fedhasa), welcomes of curfew, a measure that can only help a sector in difficulty. "We are also dealing with a new variant, which has not been clinically translated by more hospitalizations, serious illnesses and deaths from older variants." Rosemary Anderson also asks the Government to re-evaluate other measures such as containment and quarantine of contact cases.

South Africa: a Christmas less pomp than before the Covid for the poorest

 South Africa: a Christmas less pomp than before the Covid for the poorest © Ap - Denis Farrell A woman and a child in front of a Christmas tree in a shopping center of Johannesburg, Friday, December 24, 2021. l South Africa is also at the party, on December 25th. The country, in the middle of the Southern, famous Christmas around a good family meal. But the economic situation has come darkened the festivities. South Africa, one of the most unequal nations in the world, was already in recession before the pandemic and was strongly affected by the crisis.

The Prime Minister of the Province of Cape West Alan WINDE also welcomed the measure which, according to him, is in line with the level of the pandemic. In the province, he said, the risk of admission is 30% lower than the previous wave and it is even less than 60% for severe cases.

The most affected country in Africa

The state of health emergency applied since March 2020 remains in place. In particular, it allows the Executive to do without the agreement of the Parliament to introduce new regulations. To those who claim his repeal, the presidency recalled that he was still too early to separate "a tool that allows us to intervene in case of an unforeseen situation related to COVID." With 91,000 deaths and nearly 3.5 million cases, South Africa remains the most affected country in Africa.

Clearly, good (or less bad) News should not forget the "fundamentals": vaccination in the first place and respect of barrier gestures.

COVID-19. The tension intensifies to the hospital, what is the situation in your department? .
© Jean-Michel Niester / West-France Here, two caregivers are taking care of a patient with COVID-19 in the resuscitation unit of the Chu de Pontchaillou, in Rennes, December 2, 2021. More than 20,000 patients diagnosed with CVIV-19 are hospitalized in France this Tuesday, January 4, according to the latest public health figures France. It is a plateau that the country has not exceeded since May 2021. There is a point on the situation territory.

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