Some have described hard lockdowns in response to the Covid-19 pandemic as the ‘hammer’ and easing as the ‘dance’. South Africans are going to have to show remarkable skill and agility as we begin our own dance. Besides wearing face masks, engaging in physical distancing and continuing with ongoing hygiene practices at our places of work, we will also have to find creative ways of dealing with the risk posed by public transport, seen by many as the weakest link in the easing chain. By diligently following protocols, it could well be possible to limit the rate of infection while increasing economic activity. The dance steps are clear but are also incredibly tricky to perform and sustain.
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