SOUTH AFRICA: Intense exit contestation and a faster reopening from 1 June

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● On Sunday evening, 24 May, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that, from 1 June, South Africa’s pandemic risk level would be reduced from the current 4 to 3. ● Although infection rates are still rising, Ramaphosa has made significant restart concessions in response to economic pressure mounting from all sides. ● Most economic activity will be allowed to ramp up (much more so than originally envisaged under “Level 3”), but corporate preparedness will come under increasing scrutiny as a result. Pandemic picture With 22,583 Covid-19 cases as of 24 May and comparativel
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A las 13 poné @amconvos1420, que arranca un nuevo capítulo de #Reverso, el otro lado de la Política, con Jorge Liotti y @dcayon. Hoy: #SuperCepo, la pelea Nación-Ciudad, entrevistas a @alfredocornejo y @kiguel y un par de sorpresas.

El nuevo súper cepo es una ¿solución? de muy corto plazo. Con este nivel de restricciones va a costar que la economía arranque cuando pase la crisis.
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