SA’s lockdown has bought the country time to prepare the health system for Covid-19, but there is no escape from the highly contagious virus, which could take months if not years to overcome, members of health minister Zweli Mkhize’s advisory committee warned on Monday night.

“No one has encountered this virus. We have no immunity, no vaccine, no treatment. That means we are all at risk,” said Salim Abdool Karim, the co-director of the Centre for Aids Research in Africa at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and chair of the minister’s 45-member advisory committee on Covid-19...

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