A relatively early lockdown may have curbed the spread of the coronavirus, but has already started affecting the overall economy, employment and consumer spending. How can SA focus on “flattening the curve” while limiting the economic impact? And are there industry changes that multinationals should consider adopting beyond Covid-19?

Africa lags other continents in terms of the pandemic curve, as infections only appeared in Egypt on February 14, three weeks after the first case was reported in the US. SA’s first case was reported on March 3. With an incidence of 37 cases per million at the end of last week, SA is at a very low incidence level, suggesting the country is still at an early stage of Covid-19 development. ..

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