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Glimmer of hope in Covid battle

And, undoubtedly, that hope will glow brighter as more and more vaccines, from all manufacturers, begin to arrive.


It seems, literally, an age ago. A different era, when we were free and not threatened.

But it has not yet been a year since the first coronavirus infection was identified in South Africa – in someone returning from holiday in Europe.

Now, just on 1.5 million people have tested positive for coronavirus and more than 48,000 South Africans have died from Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.

This is not something which can be dismissed as “just a bad flu” or minimised by playing games with excess death numbers.

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Covid-19 has turned this country upside down.

The lockdown restrictions which the government introduced via the state of disaster legislation have caused much devastation.

Many people lost their jobs and, in turn, houses and cars. Some people, without even those assets, were out on the street living a hand-to-mouth existence.

The emotional strain has been considerable – but few people are keeping count of ruined marriages, suicides and depression.

Today, though, we hope we have reached a watershed, a turning point.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccines – which have been found to have good efficacy, including against the latest variants of the virus – are starting to be rolled out to our front-line healthcare workers.

They are the unsung heroes of our struggle against Covid-19. They put their lives on the line to care for – and treat – everybody.

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We owe them our gratitude and the least we can do is urge the government to move as quickly as possible to get them inoculated.

This is the first glimmer of light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel.

And, undoubtedly, that hope will glow brighter as more and more vaccines, from all manufacturers, begin to arrive.

But we must, nevertheless, not let down our guard. Covid-19 will be with us for a long time.

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