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5 Mar 2021
5:35 am

365 days of Covid-19: How SA has changed since 5 March 2020

Editorials

A third wave of Covid-19 infections may be coming in winter. The virus has changed our lives. The world will never be the same again, in so many ways.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: @PresidencyZA/Twitter

South Africa was a very different place on 5 March, 2020. We had seen from afar and, almost with detachment, reports about a new virus spreading from China to Europe. People were getting sick and some were dying … but it seemed a long way away. But exactly a year ago today, coronavirus infection was confirmed in the first South African. It didn’t take us long to learn that Covid-19 (for corona virus disease, first identified at the end of 2019) was the consequence of infection and that it was deadly, for older people and those with “comorbidities” like diabetes,...