UASA is deeply concerned about the continued devastating effect of Covid-19 on the lives of South Africans and our members and the harsh effect that a third wave will have on the death toll and the economy.
Two reports published this week, one by the Medical Research Council (MRC) on the Covid-19 death tolls in South Africa and the National Income Dynamics Study – Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (Nids-Cram) Study, revealed alarming facts on South Africa’s Covid-19 death toll as well as unemployment.
This, while Health Minister Zweli Mkhize warned Covid-19 positive cases are rising rapidly and that the country is on the verge of the third Covid-19 wave.
UASA therefore urges South Africans to take vaccination seriously and register for vaccination as a matter of urgency to keep businesses open in yet another lockdown that may be imposed soon so that workers can continue work and learners stay in school. UASA encourages especially elderly citizens of 60 and older to register as their vaccination drive starts on Monday.
The MRC estimates in its latest report that South Africa has one of the world’s worst pandemic death tolls relative to the size of its population, while 157 000 extra deaths occurred from natural causes in the 12 months up to 8 May this year – a number that emphasises the devastating effect of the pandemic in the past year and is three times higher than the official death tally of almost 53 000.
Nids-Cram reports on the country’s diminished economy due to the second Covid-19 wave and related lockdown regulations that had job opportunities shrinking at the time that South Africa recorded its highest unemployment rate ever at 32.5%. It also showed how primary school learners in poor areas learnt between 50% and 75% less in 2020 than they did the year before.
We urge South Africans to get vaccinated as soon as possible to prevent an even bigger crisis.
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