Today marks exactly a year since the Western Cape recorded its first Covid-19 case.

In that time, the province has identified a cumulative total of almost 280-thousand cases, and seen over over 11 000 lives being lost to the virus.

Right now, the numbers are dropping on every measurement. Today, the active case load is under three thousand, only a thousand hospital beds are in use for infected patients, and only 200-or-so people require high care or I-C-U facilities.

But, with health experts convinced that a third wave is on the horizon, residents are being urged to up their Covid safety measures.

This time last year, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced the first confirmed coronavirus case in the Western Cape in addition to new cases in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

The total number of confirmed cases in the country on 11 March 2020 was 13.

Since then over 1.5 million people in South Africa have tested positive for Covid-19 and more than 50,000 people have died.

At the time, officials revealed that a 36-year-old Western Cape man had tested positive for the coronavirus at a private healthcare facility.

He had just returned from travels to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Turkey.