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Nobody has the answer to dealing with Covid-19

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One cannot really fault Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and his team for treading cautiously. Covid-19 is a very real threat to millions of South Africans.


22 May 2020
PREMIUM!
Nobody has the answer to dealing with Covid-19

Health minister Zweli Mkhize outside the entrance to The Ranch Resort where the repatriated South Africans from Wuhan will be quarantined, 13 March 2020, Polokwane. Picture: Jacques Nelles

There have been many critics of the government’s projections – released this week – about the likely impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on South Africa. A cause for concern is that there has not been clarity on the assumptions on which those projection models are based. As it is, the models throw up some frightening figures about total deaths and infections. By November, say the projections, we could be battling with at least one million active cases and the death toll by the end of that month could stand at 40,000 people … and that’s the optimistic estimate. Critics argue...

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