The government faces serious challenges in the fight against Covid-19. Should the lockdown be lifted or extended for a longer period? If not lifted, should it only be a partial lockdown? Can the economy survive a further extension of the lockdown?

Important information is emerging, highlighting that the negative effect of Covid-19 on the economy is intensifying. Job losses continue to mount. Public discourse is growing in response to an apparent lack of government co-ordination around relief packages. Increasingly, frequent warnings that people who face starvation are unlikely to heed recommendations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are gaining traction...

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