Months before the economy was finally opened two weeks ago, scientists were advising the government about the harm of the lockdown, the collateral damage that was being done to health, and the way irrational regulations could backfire.

The ministerial advisory committee (MAC), a group of world-class scientists, has given the government advice about how to manage the Covid-19 epidemic with regard to various topics, including how many people can safely ride in a taxi, when to open schools and what treatment options are. Thanks to requests from news outlet News24, the MAC’s recommendations have now been made public...

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