Fact Check: No confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Mpumalanga

Fact Check: No confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Mpumalanga

- An article shared numerous times on social media claims a family of three died after contracting the coronavirus in Mpumalanga

- The story claimed they had perished before being able to test for the virus

- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind the situation in order to determine the truth

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Since the first confirmed case of the coronavirus was announced in South Africa, citizens have been overwhelmed with information and news on the situation.

One such story, shared by News NT, claimed that three members of a family had died in Mpumalanga in the wake of the outbreak.

The article claimed that the family had died before testing positive for the coronavirus:

“The hospital has said in a statement that none of the three showed symptoms of coronavirus but tests conducted after their demise proved positive for the deadly virus."

The hospital in question in Rob Ferreira Hospital in the provincial capital Nelspruit. The hospital has been noted as one of the many across SA that have been earmarked to handle potential Covid-19 cases.

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AFP spoke to Dumisani Malamule, a spokesperson for the Mpumalanga Department of Health, who commented:

“We do not have the coronavirus here. That was fake news. There were no such patients in Rob Ferreira."

Briefly.co.za reported that on Thursday, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had announced the first case in the province:

“A 27-year-old female from Mpumalanga who had travelled to the United States. She returned to South Africa on the 7th March 2020."

In a statement released by the Department of Health MEC Sasekani Manzini, citizens were urged to be careful when it comes to information on the virus:

“There is one source of communicating positive coronavirus cases in the country and that is the Minister of Health. If people see any other source, other than from the Minister of Health, they must know that it is false news."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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