Ebrahim Harvey | A costly decision? Did Ramaphosa err in lowering Covid-19 restrictions?

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The writer questions whether President Cyril Ramaphosa was following science when he lowered the Covid-19 lockdown level ahead of elections. (Photo: Gallo Images)
The writer questions whether President Cyril Ramaphosa was following science when he lowered the Covid-19 lockdown level ahead of elections. (Photo: Gallo Images)

Ebrahim Harvey questions whether we will be facing a fourth wave by December after President Cyril Ramaphosa relaxed restrictions as we approach the municipal elections - a decision many experts felt was a political, not a scientific one.

Having only just emerged from a devastating third wave and still lagging far behind in achieving vaccination targets, the South African Medical Association and some academics have argued that the surprising decision by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week to ease restrictions on the size of gatherings strongly appears to not only contradict scientific advice, but did so at the considerable risk of igniting yet another massive resurgence of Covid-19 infections. 

This is due to a significant increase in the size of crowds allowed to attend indoor and outdoor events.

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