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When the coronavirus moved from being a novel event in a faraway region in China and mutated into a global crisis like no other, some wrongly characterised it as a great leveller.

This was based on its apparently non-discriminatory nature. Unlike other outbreaks, it seemed to have no care for a person’s class, racial or national background, or position. Just this week, French President Emmanuel Macron became the latest leader to be infected, joining the UK’s Boris Johnson and Donald Trump in the US. SA’s superstar soccer coach Pitso Mosimane has also tested positive, his Egyptian club Al Ahly confirmed...

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