South Africa faces fourth Covid-19 wave with new variant behind rising infections

JOHANNESBURG (REUTERS) – South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday (Nov 28) that the country faced a fourth wave of Covid-19 within weeks, as the new Omicron variant was driving a rise in infections in the most populated province of Gauteng.

But he said authorities would not be considering economic lockdown restrictions for the time being, and he slammed rich Western countries for their knee-jerk imposition of travel bans after hearing about the new variant.

He added in a televised address that the government was considering making vaccination mandatory in certain locations and for some activities, without giving details.


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