Even after the recent restrictions on everyday life as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, from Friday SA will look and feel as if it is a different country.

While, thankfully, we have not had any fatalities in SA, the rate of increase in infections over the past week is cause for alarm. When we watch our television channels or read on the internet about the nightmare unfolding in European countries and then imagine that sort of escalation engulfing our fragile health-care system, it’s hard to make an argument for a stance different from that taken by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night...

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