Compliance with occupational health and safety requirements is already poor and few inspections of workplaces are being done.
Due to restricted resources and infrastructure, few schools have been able to adopt online learning as a result of the lockdown.
The inequalities in South Africa's education are systematically being exposed at a scale not experienced before.
One of the methods researchers are exploring to combat COVID-19 is gene editing: altering the genome of the virus to make it harmless.
Gross negligence won't be excused under any circumstances. But standards for reasonable medical care can't be the same as in pre-COVID-19 times.
Special steps need to be taken to blunt the impact of school closures, particuarly on girls.
On this continent, a child dies from malaria every two minutes. This is an unacceptable reality for a treatable and preventable disease.
Wearing masks is being introduced in conjunction with maintaining a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres and following hygiene measures such as hand washing.
The Lagos state government must go beyond food packages as stimulus, and build capacity for poor people.
There is hard and persistent work that needs to be planned for, like a kind of ongoing rehabilitation process, to realise the dream of one health system for all South Africans.
Ramaphosa's call for a new social compact will fall on deaf ears unless there are some fundamental changes to the way in which the pandemic is being managed.
COVID-19 differs significantly from HIV and Ebola. But the potential consequences of having a misinformed public are similar.
South Africa should base its COVID-19 mitigation strategy on the premise that the pandemic will last for two years unless a vaccine is developed before then.
Some of the worst health performers in recent weeks have been ‘First World’.
His COVID-19 response has thrown the negative aspects of his presidency into sharp relief.