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Lockdown Diaries: Death is a fact of life we seem to have forgotten

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Putting the future of South Africa in jeopardy this way defies logic, but is perhaps understandable given that most politicians are at a vulnerable age.


25 May 2020
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Lockdown Diaries: Death is a fact of life we seem to have forgotten

A serviceman of Russia's Emergencies Ministry wearing protective gear disinfects Moscow's Leningradsky railway station on May 19, 2020, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. / AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV

My husband Robert keeps saying if he was 30 he’d be furious. Sure, he says, we’ll save the gogos from dying of Covid-19, only to watch them and the rest of the country starve to death. Total lockdown risks killing the many to save the few. I can’t say he’s wrong. And it can only get worse.The average age of the population in South Africa is 26.7, according to Worldometer, and only a small percentage of people under 50 (just over 3%, decreasing through lower age groups) are among the Covid-19 victims worldwide, according to euronews.com. So, anybody under 50...

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