More than a year since Covid-19 arrived on SA’s shores, it’s still not uncommon to hear people downplaying it. There are still those claiming it’s no more serious than the common flu, something that was popularised in the early days by leaders such as former US president Donald Trump and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro.

Add to that list the UK’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, who is caught up in a storm of controversy over allegation that in 2020 he expressed a preference for seeing “bodies pile high in their thousands” rather than have another lockdown. Needless to say, in a country that has had one of the worst death rates, blamed on government blunders, this has caused great anger, not least among the relatives of the more than 120,000 people who have perished. ..

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