March 28 — Bustling Alexandra (https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/health/2020-03-30-first-confirmed-covid-19-case-in-alexandra-township/) became the first township in Johannesburg to record a confirmed case of Covid-19. Five people are under quarantine after being in “close contact with a confirmed case” in the impoverished township, near the affluent Sandton suburb.

March 30 — Just a week into SA’s Covid-19 lockdown and there were already troubling signs that the state may be unwittingly creating the circumstances for social upheaval (https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/2020-04-02-news-analysis-brutal-policing-could-provoke-violent-unrest/) — driven, not by the lockdown itself, but by law enforcement’s often violent attempts to implement it. ..

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