The average South African is fed up with the pandemic and the president’s decision to end the disaster management phase “should have happened a long time ago”, a top medic has told the press. Angelique Coetzee is the South African doctor who first spotted the Omicron coronavirus variant last year.
“We should not let our guards down,” she said during an interview with the press. “We are not out of the pandemic, we still have over 1,000 new cases per day. But we have seen that the average citizen out there is not adhering to [restrictions].”
She said ventilation, hand-washing, sanitation, and water were vital in controlling the spread of coronavirus – not just “pharmaceutical interventions” such as vaccines.
Labor Union Solidarity was reportedly due to have its case against the health ministry heard in court on Tuesday, but before that could happen the end of the so-called state of disaster was announced.