- South Africans have reacted with disbelief to the news of the first two deaths due to the coronavirus
- Condolences have been pouring in from all corners of the country following the two women's deaths.
- The deceased from the Western Cape were aged 28 and 48
Condolences have been pouring in for the two women who became the first South Africans to succumb to the coronavirus.
Their deaths occurred in the Western Cape. One women passed away at a private hospital while the other died at a public hospital.
They were aged 28 and 48. The confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country have tipped the 1 000 mark.
Condolences have been coming from all corners of the country as citizens are trying to come to terms with their deaths.
"Such sad news. I was really hoping we were not going to report any deaths from South Africa. Condolences to the bereaved families."
"Heartbreaking, condolences to the families."
"Our deepest condolences to the families."
Politician John Steenhuisen wrote:
"I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to their friends and relatives. My thoughts and prayers are with you in these difficult times."
The South African National Editors Forum also sent condolences to the the bereaved families.
Briefly.co.za has gathered that the deceased 28-year-old woman was a newly-wed who had no travel history.
Concerned residents from the Western Cape have called on government to do more to curb the spread of the virus in the province.
"Where are soldiers and police patrolling in the townships, Western Cape has high numbers of infected people and two deaths but there's absolutely no soldiers in our townships."
"Western Cape needs a total shutdown of everything not a lockdown, 'cos as long as there is movement of people it’s not going reduce the number of the infected."
Briefly.co.za also reported that Madelein van Wyk has been identified as one of the two coronavirus fatalities.
The 48-year-old had been one of the two citizens in ICU before passing away.
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