If you listen closely, you can hear the panic shifting. A month ago, it was about how many thousands of South Africans would succumb to Covid-19, overwhelm our hospitals and obliterate the country’s health system.

On March 23 — five weeks ago, which feels like five months — President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the national lockdown. At the time, Covid-19 felt like an endless black hole. Italy’s death rate was rocketing, and the US was only just beginning to rattle its sabre at the virus...

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