Jeffrey Abraham's diary of the Covid-19 lockdown

Cape Town photographer Jeffrey Abrahams has been recording life in Cape Town under Covid-19 lockdown since 1 April. His pictures tell a vivid story of how the city’s people adapted — or didn’t — to the new rules of living. Some usually crowded places were empty, in others, life went on as usual; for some people, life became even harder as parents struggled to feed their children, old people queued patiently for food, and a brief respite from gang violence ended with the death of a toddler. But there were also happy moments when fast food outlets opened again, domino games resumed, children played and people read their newspapers in the sun.

Lockdown in pictures - Day 132: Winter chill

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 5 August 2020

Lockdown in pictures - Day 131: Sharing toilets

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 4 August 2020

Lockdown in pictures - Day 130: SASSA queues

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 3 August 2020

Lockdown in pictures - Day 129: Play station

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 2 August 2020

Lockdown in pictures - Day 128: A quiet Eid

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 1 August 2020

Lockdown in pictures - Day 127: Baking bread

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 31 July 2020

Lockdown in pictures - Day 126: Trading from home

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 30 July 2020

Lockdown in pictures - Day 125: Sewing

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 29 July 2020

Lockdown in pictures - Day 124: Fish for sale

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 28 July 2020

Lockdown in pictures - Day 123: Craftsmanship

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 27 July 2020

Lockdown in pictures - Day 122: Worship

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 26 July 2020

Lockdown in pictures - Day 121: Eating out

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 25 July 2020

Lockdown in pictures - Day 120: Grade R closed

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 24 July 2020

Lockdown in pictures - Day 119: Claiming land

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 23 July 2020

Lockdown in pictures - Day 118: Fired, fired, retrenched, fired, retrenched, retrenched

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 22 July 2020

Lockdown in pictures - Day 117: Family hell

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 21 July 2020