The World Health Organization’s Dr. Mike Ryan has warned countries against “pushing” to return to “normalcy” too soon.

Dr Ryan, the Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s emergencies programme, says despite the large number of people that have already received their Covid-19 vaccination, infections in European countries will continue to rise, when the basic health- and safety regulations are ignored.

Ryan says relaxing rules – such as the wearing of masks and disregarding social-distancing measures – are a recipe for disaster.

Access the full briefing here.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has again assured South Africans that, despite the initial challenges faced, millions more residents would soon be vaccinated against Covid-19.

He said this on Tuesday evening, when announcing the country’s migration to level 3 of lockdown.

Ramaphosa says millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines are expected to reach the country in the next few weeks to months.

He says global vaccine shortages also affected the roll-out of South Africa’s vaccine strategy.

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Premier Alan Winde says the province is expecting to receive around 260-thousand doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine which, when it arrives, will be distributed immediately to qualifying residents.

He says approval is currently still being awaited from the US FDA on if the doses are safe for use here in South Africa.

Winde says Western Cape facilities and healthcare workers are ready to start administering the doses, should it arrive in the province.

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More than 110-thousand Western Cape residents – aged over 60 – have already been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Premier Alan Winde says there has been a marked increase in the number of people, in this age group, who have registered and reported for their vaccination.

He says more than 20-thousand pensioners and employees in old-age homes and care-centres have also been vaccinated.

Get the latest Western Cape Covid-19 updates here.

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