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SA records first Coronavirus deaths as infections reach 1000 mark

Mar 27, 2020
SA records first Coronavirus deaths as infections reach 1000 mark

Port Elizabeth - Two people have died as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), says the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize.

“This morning, we wake South Africans up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19,” Mkhize said in a statement on Friday.

The deaths occurred in the Western Cape: one at a private hospital and the other at a public hospital.

Mkhize said government will provide more details on these deaths when it announces the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases, which have tipped the 1 000 mark.

The deaths come as South Africa entered the first day of a 21-day national lockdown aimed at slowing down the spread of the virus.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the lockdown in a televised address to the nation on Monday.

Gauteng hardest hit by Coronavirus outbreak

On Thursday, government confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) had risen by 218 - bringing the total number of cases to 927.

Gauteng has the highest number of cases with 409 people testing positive for the virus.

The Western Cape has 229 cases, KwaZulu-Natal has 134, Free State 49, North West five, Mpumalanga nine, Limpopo six, Eastern Cape five and Northern Cape two. There’s 79 unallocated cases.

– SAnews.gov.za 

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