It’s starting to look as if SA’s lockdown was a huge overreaction — one that is going to cause more lasting economic damage than any harm the virus could mete out.

As this view begins to percolate, bolstered by new modelling and international evidence, support for SA’s sometimes arbitrary lockdown rules is evaporating. It’s clear our tortuous, rung-by-rung approach to reopening is bankrupting the economy. The more protracted it is, the worse the damage will be. Yet with daily Covid-19 infection rates now topping 400, SA seems fated to take a glacial approach...

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