South Africa has long passed the twin, grim milestones of 100 000 infections and 2 000 Covid-19 deaths. More than 100 people a day died from the coronavirus on two consecutive days this week, falling to 87 deaths on Thursday 25 June. More than 6 500 additional cases were confirmed overnight.
As lockdown restrictions have eased to allow life, work, school and worship to resume, the virus has spread.
The changing tides in the United States are having a ripple effect in South Africa, where the lowering of restrictions to level three has seen the return of crime, particularly violent crime against women. This was already a pandemic in South Africa long before the coronavirus arrived.
We will lose more people to Covid-19 and gender-based violence in South Africa. Both will require permanent social change to truly be eradicated.