Despite appearing to mirror the UK’s coronavirus trajectory, South Africa appears to have the spread under control and is easing its lockdown. Subscribe to our channel here:
In the early stages of the pandemic, Britain and South Africa followed a near identical path of infections.
But as things stand only just over 100 South Africans are reported to have died from the virus, compared to the British total of over 26,000.
The UK is still considering its next steps, but South Africa is now moving to partly ease its lockdown.
What made things so different? South African authorities say that its rapid, heavily enforced lockdown has helped.
But how much was it also the result of a severely unequal society – where rich and poor do not have much contact?
In Johannesburg, the BBC’s Africa correspondent Andrew Harding has been finding out.
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