It’s one month and two days since President Cyril Ramaphosa first declared a national state of disaster, signalling that the Covid-19 global medical emergency had hit home.

While coronavirus had already entered the national consciousness after the initial outbreak in China late in 2019 and the horrifying numbers of deaths reported in Italy at the time of Ramaphosa’s first big announcement, it still felt distant and we were largely going on with our lives as normal...

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