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Virus claims first SA victims


The deaths occurred in the Western Cape

TWO PEOPLE have died as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said this morning.

“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 would 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.

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