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southafricalogoFin24 reports that briefing reporters on Thursday on the outcomes of Wednesday's Cabinet meeting, Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, said while cases of Covid-19 were rising in SA, Cabinet did not conclude that the public healthcare system was imperiled enough to warrant an immediate decision on lockdown adjustments.

Cabinet left matters in the hands of President Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) to decide the next move on lockdown restrictions and vaccine regulations. Gungubele said the information before Cabinet regarding the fourth wave suggested that hospitals still had adequate capacity to respond to the rise in cases that have come with the new variant without any dramatic changes to the lockdown, especially if it meant saving the economy. "The attitude government is adopting is finding the best way to ensure livelihoods are preserved and the economy moves,” he noted. Gungubele also said any decision to be taken by Cabinet on vaccine mandates would be informed by the most effective means to win South Africans over. “No recommendations on mandatory vaccines were tabled. It's clear to a number of us that you need a policy that encourages vaccination and discourages vaccine cynicism. That will depend on the findings we have as we assess the situation," he indicated. Gungubele said Cabinet resolved to extend the national Covid-19 lockdown to 15 January 2022.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Khulekani Magubane at Fin24


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