No, WHO hasn’t ‘unequivocally’ said South Africa is not ready to lift Covid-19 lockdown

Claim

The World Health Organization “unequivocally” declared that South Africa was not ready to lift the national Covid-19 lockdown.
Source: Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Economic Freedom Fighters member of parliament (30 June 2020)

incorrect

Verdict

There is no evidence of the WHO making this statement. The organisation says it only provides guidance but governments have to make their own decisions.

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More than an inconvenience: Alcohol ban could help South Africans fight Covid-19 infection

Claim

Alcohol weakens the immune system, making it difficult for the body to fight infections such as Covid-19.
Source: South African government on Twitter (2 April 2020)

correct

Verdict

Several studies have shown that alcohol use, particularly the binge drinking common in South Africa, reduces the body’s ability to fight infection.

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