Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
2 minute read
21 Jan 2021
4:55 am

300 days of lockdown: Was it worth it?

Sipho Mabena

South Africa must remain vigilant until near end of programme.

The studies, published in The Lancet medical journal, constitute a major step on the road towards a COVID-19 vaccine that is effective and safe for widespread use. AFP/File/CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN

The Covid-19 pandemic has not only brought with it pain, misery and death, but has also come with valuable social, political and health lessons on how to better respond to such phenomena. In March the government imposed what was considered one of the strictest lockdowns to curb the spread of Covid-19, including bans on alcohol and tobacco sales, dog walking and jogging. North West University political scientist Andre Duvenage said due to the scale, rapid transmission and unprecedented nature of the coronavirus, government had gone into panic mode and shut everything, to the detriment of an already ruined economy. He...