- The Department of Health has announced the first two fatalities in the coronavirus outbreak
- In a statement released on Friday morning, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed the deaths
- In addition to this, the number of confirmed cases has risen above the 1 000 mark
The Health Ministry has announced that the first two South Africans have died after contracting the coronavirus in a statement released on Friday morning:
"This morning, we wake South Africans up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from Covid-19. These two deaths occurred in the Western Cape. One at a private hospital and the other at a public hospital."
So far, very little information is available on the situation, with Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize commenting:
"We will give you more details later on, when we announce the latest confirmed Covid-19 cases, which have increased from yesterday's number and tipped the 1 000 mark."
Briefly.co.za reported that the number of confirmed cases rose to 927 cases on Thursday on the eve of the 21-day lockdown.
Citizens are called upon to observe the regulations imposed on the public during this time in order to prevent the further spread of the virus.
South Africans are only permitted to leave their homes in order to purchase essential goods and obtain medical assistance.
The South African National Defence Force and the South African Police Service have joined forces to ensure that order reigns during this time.
More updates will be provided on the situation when more information becomes available.
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