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COVID-19 and the labour market: Estimating the effects of South Africa’s national lockdown

- Timothy Köhler, Haroon Bhorat, Robert Hill and Benjamin Stanwix

South Africa has been one of the countries affected most adversely by the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

By the end of November 2020, South Africa accounted for the highest number of confi rmed
cases per capita – with approximately 800 000 cumulative cases, representing over a third (36%)
of total cases on the continent. In response, like most governments around the world, South Africa
implemented a national lockdown to prepare the necessary health infrastructure as well as to delay
and minimise the spread of the virus.

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