- Just a few hours after the lockdown began in South Africa, two fatalities were announced amid the coronavirus pandemic
-Western Cape premier Alan Winde called for a moment of silence to mark the loss of life
- Those close to Madelein van Wyk have understandably been devastated by the loss
Madelein van Wyk has been identified as one of the two coronavirus fatalities on Friday morning.
TimesLIVE reports that Western Cape premier Alan Winde noted that the 48-year-old had been one of the two citizens in ICU before passing away on Friday:
“We mourn this loss as a province and as a country. Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the deceased. I would like to ask all our residents to join me in a moment of silence at midday [Friday], as we mark the loss, and celebrate their lives."
The Citizen reports that the husband of the Sanlam worker has no idea where his wife contracted the virus.
Debra Ann Badenhorst took to social media to lament Madeleine's passing, dubbing it an indescribable loss:
"Cape Town will never be the same. Sanlam will never be the same. Life will never be the same. Beyond devastated and heartbroken for all of us lucky enough to have known and loved you so, so very much our beloved La! But especially so for Tonie, Rohan and Lize. RIP darling Madeleine - I hope you know just how very much you'll always be missed. Nothing will ever fill the empty space left by your passing."
Briefly.co.za reported that the Department of Health noted the first two fatalities in a statement, revealing that the number of confirmed cases has surpassed the 1 000 mark.
In addition to Madeleine's death, a 28-year-old woman also passed away in a public hospital on Friday.
This served as a wake-up call to citizens to heed the governments call to remain at home during the 21-day lockdown period with essential workers grafting around the clock to ensure others are protected from contracting the disease.
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