Covid 19 Coronavirus: Sharks return to South Africa beaches, swimmers shut out

South Africa’s three-week lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic has been bad news for bathers looking to enjoy the last weeks of summer.

This weekend, residents of South African cities were told that all but “essential movement” was banned by state and police. Police Minister Bheki Cele has told South Africans to remain sober and that frivolous movements, such as jogging or dog walking, were prohibited.

That includes going to the beach.

However, there are one group of finned beach-goers who are being allowed special dispensation to return. During the 21-day lockdown shark nets are being pulled along a stretch of South African coast, on the Indian Ocean.

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