South Africa rolls out free transport to vaccination centers for elderly persons

South Africa, the hardest-hit country by the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, has rolled out free transport to vaccination centers for persons above 50 years, who want to take the jabs.

The project is part o government efforts to ensure more of its population gets vaccinated against the deadly disease.

By Sunday, the country had reported 2,764,931 COVID-19 infections with 81,595 fatalities.

The caseload accounts for 35.69 percent of Africa’s total infections while the death toll accounts for 41.86 percent of the continent’s virus-related fatalities.

12,021,609 people have received at least one jab of the life-saving vaccines, representing about 20 percent of the country’s population.

Aside from the vaccination drive, the South African government has also rolled out some containment measures, including a ban on large public gatherings and the mandatory wearing of face masks in public spaces.

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