Poverty undermines efforts to “arrest coronavirus”

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By Mmabore

On the 3rd day of the South African lockdown, some people went to Jane Furse plaza, Sekhukhune South Africa and other nearby centres to collect their Sassa money. Jane Furse plaza was overcrowded as people couldn’t wait to collect their grants until the end of the lockdown. The nearby garage was also fully packed. The nature of the queues defeated the whole purpose of social distancing and people had no masks and some knew nothing about sanitizers. The situation was worsened by lack of immediate facility for people to wash their hands. Poverty drove a lot of people to collect their grants even during the time they are advised to exercise self-isolation and this poses a risk of an increase in the spread of the virus.