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Toe the line, citizens, lockdown is here for a reason

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Tomorrow will be, as the cliché goes, the first day of the rest of our lives. Let’s embrace it.


26 Mar 2020
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Toe the line, citizens, lockdown is here for a reason

Lancet Laboratory Rochester Place staff are seen as patients arrive for coronavirus testing, 18 March 2020, in Sandton, at the lab. Patients arriving at the facility have all been referred by a doctor to be tested. Picture: Michel Bega

There will be plenty of complaining about just how draconian the lockdown regulations will be. But, yesterday’s “zero tolerance” approach to self-isolation – in effect, house arrest for 21 days – shows that the government is going all-out to impress on a hitherto sceptical or reluctant populace the importance of measures to slow down the spread of coronavirus. And, as we report today, epidemiologists have underlined the legal stick with an even more gloomy medical forecast: If we don’t mend our ways and isolate, and the infection rate hits 40%, then as many as 350,000 will die. Note – will,...

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