‘People are not taking this virus seriously’ – Voices from townships under level 3 lockdown

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Members of the police step in to help maintain social distancing among patients waiting to be seen at the clinic. Pictures: Black Star/Spotlight
Members of the police step in to help maintain social distancing among patients waiting to be seen at the clinic. Pictures: Black Star/Spotlight

South Africa moved to level 3 of the Covid-19 lockdown this week, meaning significantly relaxed regulations. In many townships in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, residents have mixed views on life under lockdown. Luvuyo Mehlwana visits some townships and speaks to the residents

By Tuesday, the Eastern Cape had 4 324 people who had tested positive for Covid-19 and 88 people in the province had died from the virus.

This meant the province had the second-highest death count of South Africa’s nine provinces and the second-highest number of confirmed cases – although the number of cases in Gauteng was not far behind.

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