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A three-week lockdown with around 600 (by Friday) Covid-19 infections from the coronavirus and no deaths under our belt is probably not a bad start. The announcement last night by President Cyril Ramaphosa (https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-03-23-south-africa-on-lockdown-from-thursday/) of further and severe measures to contain the epidemic in our country will make history.

It is Ramaphosa’s second, but already his last, shot at saving the country. I think three weeks is way too ambitious. The government is going to need more than a month and if this doesn’t work then a few million of us are going to die...

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