Manoel Bittencourt on COVID-19 Economic Facts in South Africa

15 April 2020

In this insightful video, Prof. Manoel Bittencourt, from Wits University’s Department of Economics and Finance, discusses the latest figures relating to the Coronavirus pandemic in South Africa. Using a live map showing the number of confirmed cases (provided by John Hopkins University) and data aggregators, we can see exactly how South Africa fairs relative to Sweden which has not implemented the lockdown, and the global average regarding healthcare expenditure, the share of people using the internet and the investment into primary healthcare. All of these factors have important repercussions regarding South Africa’s future. For now, though, the focus should be on making the COVID-19 testing process efficient.

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