EDITORIAL | It’s the right move, Cyril, but spare us the ...

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EDITORIAL | It’s the right move, Cyril, but spare us the platitudes

An explanation of which level of lockdown we are in and what we can and can’t do wouldn’t go amiss either

Editorial

SA has chosen: plague over famine. Much has been written about the agonising choice between opening up the economy to keep livelihood boats afloat vs shutting it down to keep the virus at bay.

But after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on Wednesday evening, the direction our government has taken has become clear. It appears our fear of famine is now greater than our fear of the pandemic. Ramaphosa announced the reopening of several industries, including sit-in restaurants, conference venues, cinemas, casinos, hairdressers and beauty salons. The details of what restrictions remain in place are yet to be shared with us.

On the Covid-19 face of it, it seems counterintuitive. His announcement came in the same week that SA reached the grim milestone of being ranked as one of the countries with the most new infections. On no fewer than three separate days, SA was in the top 10 countries with the highest number of new infections per day. This is according to Worldometers (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/south-africa/), a website providing statistics and data on the virus...

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