Government failed to properly prepare

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The point is that the system collapse is yet another indication that the government failed to make use of the lockdown period.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19 from the Union Buildings in Pretoria, 12 July 2020. Picture: GCIS

It is now becoming grimly apparent with each passing day that the harsh lockdowns South Africa has been subjected to since the end of March have done little to stem the deadly march of the coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid-19. Many funeral parlours have been overwhelmed this winter – and there is no sign of deaths abating. While the funeral parlour operators are the ones closest to the reality of Covid-19 deaths – and the bodies are certainly piling up – it’s hard to believe the government’s official death toll is so far out.


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