Omicron puts South Africa on the brink

SEEN FROM ELSEWHERE – As many countries once again close their borders to South Africa, locals feel punished. The discovery of the new variant of the coronavirus has already put many people in difficulty. Visit to a township where many fear the consequences of the virus more than the virus itself.

Sitting in front of his personal fortress against the coronavirus, Farrous Mhango stands guard. The gardener lives in a small space in Imizamo Yethu township with 15 other people. The exits of the three tin huts all open onto the same tiny entrance courtyard. Avoid each other? Impossible.

A few months ago, the 46-year-old man gave his closest neighbors an ultimatum: it was either the vaccination or the move. While the vaccinated people are still clearly in the minority in this township of Cape Town, all the neighbors of this part of the slum have taken all the precautionary measures currently within their reach. All 15 are fully vaccinated.

By Editor

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