To curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country, the South African government has banned the sale of all tobacco products. Critics warn about unwanted consequences.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said he was trying "to balance our overriding objective of saving lives and protecting livelihoods." Around 40% of South Africans live below the poverty line, and the lockdown hit them hard.
The pandemic has unearthed South Africa's stark social and economic differences between rich and poor. Experts say the crisis has worsened the country's ailing economy, as the government flounders to find a solution.
Toyko is bringing back some lockdown measures, urging people to stay home after a spike in cases. Elsewhere, former high-ranking politicians have called for a G20 summit to help poor countries. Follow DW for the latest.
Firms in the United Arab Emirates produce cigarettes worth billions of dollars annually. It's no doubt a lucrative business, but overseas smuggling has been causing rising tax losses elsewhere, as Stian Overdahl reports.
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