HILARY JOFFE: Let’s hope Omicron doesn’t do as much damage as other variants have

A fourth wave of Covid-19 will weigh on fourth-quarter growth

2021-12-07 07:13:00 AM

HILARY JOFFE: Let’s hope Omicron doesn’t do as much damage as other variants have

A fourth wave of Covid-19 will weigh on fourth-quarter growth

06 December 2021 - 20:29The Omicron variant could hardly have come at a worse time for SA, not because of the tourism season but also because of the taper. The one will damage SA’s fragile economic recovery; the other will further narrow the space for SA’s monetary and fiscal policymakers to support that recovery.

There are still more questions than answers about Omicron and how severe and vaccine resistant it will prove to be. But even if data emerges in coming weeks to allay some of the concerns, it is already too late to salvage the much-needed summer influx of foreign tourism that would have been ramping up about now, for the first time in two years. Together with the chilling effect of this fourth wave of Covid-19 on domestic activity, this will weigh on fourth-quarter growth — compounding the sharp third- quarter decline which Tuesday’s GDP figures are expected to show...

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I doubt hope works.

HILARY JOFFE: SA shoots itself in the foot with bungled messaging on Omicron discoveryOne of the first rules of crisis communications is you don’t just go out and shout ‘we have a problem and it’s very bad’ I'm so happy I took part on this opportunity with LindaStouffes fear didn't want me to proceed at first but I just said to let go and gave it try. may you continue to excel LindaStouffes Joffe. So you agree with a devious non transparent lying world. You disgust me. It's fine... Next time we won't tell anyone ba tlae ponna. Rona we learnt a lesson to not show off w/ our smart scientists 🇿🇦

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HILARY JOFFE: SA shoots itself in the foot with bungled messaging on Omicron discoveryOne of the first rules of crisis communications is you don’t just go out and shout ‘we have a problem and it’s very bad’ I'm so happy I took part on this opportunity with LindaStouffes fear didn't want me to proceed at first but I just said to let go and gave it try. may you continue to excel LindaStouffes Joffe. So you agree with a devious non transparent lying world. You disgust me. It's fine... Next time we won't tell anyone ba tlae ponna. Rona we learnt a lesson to not show off w/ our smart scientists 🇿🇦

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Ramaphosa will ‘soon’ meet command council amid surge in infectionsDaily infections have increased five-fold after the emergence of the Omicron variant. Bruh... Please explain to us y the CDC was granted permission to release 329 000 pages of the Pfizer data over 55 yrs? 2076 is when the scientists n lawyers who requested the data will receive it in full - 500 pages every month until 2076. None of the ppl requesting it will even be alive They haven't all gotten the message yet. Expect a massive sh*t story this afternoon from Timeslive. Incidentally Bloomberg has the same story as this one, today. Contrary to News24.

Ramaphosa will ‘soon’ meet command council amid surge in infectionsDaily infections have increased five-fold after the emergence of the Omicron variant.