Rorisang Kgosana
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11 Jun 2020
5:05 am

Govt wasted lockdown time which wrecked the economy – experts

Rorisang Kgosana

The health department added only 350 ventilators to hospitals and 207 critical care beds, 'making light of the sacrifices forced upon millions of citizens'.

South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers walk past the remains of a burning barricade in Turffontein, near Johannesburg, on April 28, 2020, after a protest by residents over food parcels. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

Government exaggerated lockdown regulations at the expense of the economy, but it was a waste of time, experts say. Thursday marked day 77 of the nationwide lockdown and a large portion of the economy was allowed to resume when the country moved down to level 3 on 1 June. According to government, the purpose of the lockdown, which came with strict regulations and directives, was to allow time to prepare for an increased number of patients in healthcare facilities when the country reached the peak of its Covid-19 cases. But according to reports, the department of health only added 350...