Pandemic

Inequality through the prism of the pandemic

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Muna Shifa, Anda David, Murray Leibbrandt on 10 June 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed significant inequalities in terms of capacities to cope with such a major shock. There is a marked difference between urban and rural areas in the ability to comply with lockdowns, as well as between wealth quintiles. Moreover, those least able to comply with lockdown regulations are often most vulnerable to infection. Policy needs to be fine-tuned to address the effects of major spatial inequalities between and within provinces.