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The tough lessons of SA's two-year lockdown

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A patient at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, January 2021.
A patient at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, January 2021.
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After two years in lockdown, South Africans are finally free to move almost as much as they used to before the pandemic, without wearing masks outdoors. Businesses can trade with almost no lockdown restrictions, save for a few industries that have to operate at 50% of their capacity to maintain some social distancing.

But healthcare heavyweights who spoke at the SA Healthcare Industry Summit said it would be a travesty if SA were to assume life as normal without putting lessons from the pandemic to good use.

March 26 marked the two-year anniversary of SA's lockdown. From restrictions slammed by critics as not based in science to the disparity between official reported Covid-19 deaths and excess deaths, and the economic fallout that will linger for much longer, it's been a rocky road for SA. There have been numerous tough lessons. 

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