Reitumetse Makwea
Journalist
3 minute read
17 Feb 2022
5:45 am

Ending State of Disaster: Lifting restrictions too soon?

Reitumetse Makwea

Although SA has exited the fourth wave, with lower hospitalisations and deaths, the risk of new variants is still there.

Commuters are pictured at Bree Taxi rank in Johannesburg, 29 June 2020. All commuters are required to wear masks as well as sanitise their hands when in the Taxi. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark.

Following a crescendo of calls to end the national State of Disaster, health experts have differing views on whether or not it’s too soon, or if it is time to finally scrap masks outdoors as studies prove there has been a high level of protection against the virus. According to vaccinology professor at Wits University Shabir Madhi, it has been unclear what metric the national Department of Health was using to determine when it would be more comfortable with lifting restrictions, most of which were not fit for purpose. “More than 75% of the population now have protection against severe Covid...