HEALTH MEC DR PHOPHI RAMATHUBA URGES COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO REMAIN VIGILANT OF COVID-19 ON BLACK FRIDAY

Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba urges community members to remain vigilant and continue to adhere to all Covid-19 protocols during Black Friday shopping spree. This day will see multitudes of people converging to retail shopping stores and supermarkets across the country to do shopping.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has yesterday confirmed that new Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529 has been detected in South Africa and that numerous positive cases of this variant have since been recorded. According to scientists, the new variant is always mutating, spreading very fast across the country and is behind the exponential increase in the recent Covid-19 infections cases.

The Department has partnered with certain malls across the province

to set up pop up vaccination sites, and equally our private partners Dischem, Clicks will have their vaccination site ready to assist people who will need to be receive their jabs. As you do your shopping, make sure you visit all of our popup site for vaccination. Always remember that vaccines are for free.

“We understand the hype that is created towards Black Friday. With the new Covid-19 new variant having been detected, we continue to urge our people to religiously observe all the COVID-19 protocols at all times and in particular during this busy day filled with shopping festivities. For those who are yet to receive the vaccines, they must visit all our vaccination sites to be vaccinated to avoid the spread of this virus. If we all can collectively comply to preventative measures, we can limit the spread of this new variant. Let’s get vaccinated to protect ourselves and the people around us. Vaccines saves lives”, said MEC Ramathuba.

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