Sunday, 05 December 2021 20:10

Covid-19 Daily Update:SA records 11,125 new cases with only 1 death.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports 11,125 new cases, which represents a 23.8% positivity rate and only one related death has been reported, bringing total fatalities to 89,966 to date.

Gauteng recorded 7,929 cases followed by the Western Cape with 807. The positivity rate stands at 23.8 percent and 47,708 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile compulsory Covid-19 vaccinations are necessary to protect the economy from crippling lockdowns and to save jobs,Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing Business Leadership South Africa chief executive officer Busi Mavuso.

Business, labor and community partners have submitted proposals on vaccine mandates to the National Economic Development and Labour Council after President Cyril Ramaphosa said the government will form a task force to look into making vaccines compulsory for people to access some areas and engage in some activities.

South African scientists identified the new omicron variant in November, setting off alarm bells around the world and sending financial markets into a tailspin. The UK, European Union, US and other countries announced travel bans on South Africa and its neighbors, dealing yet another flow to their beleaguered economies.

The government has been slow to outline and legislate mandatory vaccination, according to Keymanthri Moodley, a bioethics expert at the Stellenbosch University.

It’s concerning that a study group wasn’t set up earlier and that political expediency was prioritized over public health and safety, she said.

Vaccination coverage has increase since the discovery of the omicron variant, with 43% of South African adults fully vaccinated as of Dec. 4 compared to 36% a week before.