In this seemingly fast-paced and hard-to-predict Covid-19 world some things just don’t change. That thought came to mind as, into my second hotel quarantine in six months, I watched the news on UK television.

It speaks to the randomness of the situation, which some scientists have described as political theatre, that while some people are having to spend a small fortune and almost two weeks stuck in hotel rooms, others, who might have had the good fortune of having travelled a few days earlier, are roaming about. This over a variant that might well have been circulating in other parts of the world before SA scientists started talking about it two weeks ago...

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