The richest square mile in Africa has come to a standstill. In the Joburg suburb of Sandton, where men and women dressed for power usually throng the streets, only security workers are out and about. Under the 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, they are considered essential workers.

The government’s aim in banning all unnecessary movement is simple: to save lives in a country where most people are poor, and where the health system will not be able to sustain the type of pressure that has seen even developed countries’ medical systems buckle in recent weeks...

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