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irrBusinessLive reports that the government should soften its restrictions on who is permitted to work away from home during the lockdown, to mitigate its effect on the economy and give it the best chance of curbing the transmission of Covid-19.  

This was urged last week by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR).  Among the restrictions on travel and social interaction imposed in terms of the Disaster Management Act is a requirement for all but essential workers to stay at home.  A lockdown would only be sustainable if its economic fallout could be mitigated, IRR CEO Frans Cronje said.  “If SA suffers serious economic regression and millions of people are rendered unemployed, there will be mass public revolt to isolation.  Our advice is to … get as much economic activity back on track as soon as possible.”  The concept of “essential workers” should be replaced with an assessment of whether a person could continue with their economic activity without posing a health risk to others, Cronje said.  The IRR recently published a report sketching possible scenarios for SA’s Covid-19 outbreak and suggested a range of policy interventions to mitigate the socioeconomic effects of the disease.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tamar Kahn at BusinessLive


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