Update: Earlier today, the health department reported that two women, aged 48 and 28, are believed to have died of Covid-19. Zweli Mkhize has since revealed the youngest of the two women did not die of the deadly virus.
Tests on the second reported victim, 28, came back negative for COVID-19.
South Africa's first day in lockdown got off to a bumpy start with Mzansi attempting to adjust to life under unprecedented circumstances. While many citizens heeded the call to stay home, others encountered a strong law enforcement presence during their attempt to flout regulations.
South Africa's lockdown has started with the announcement of the first two fatalities due to the coronavirus.
Citizens and law enforcement alike have had to adjust to the situation that will be daily life for the next three weeks.
Take a look at the highlights from the latest updates on the current national crisis
Minister Jackson Mthembu has announced the total number of cases in South Africa is now at 1 170.
While Minister Zweli Mkhize announced two deaths earlier today, Mthembu explained that only one fatality was confirmed due to the coronavirus while the other is suspected to be due to virus.
Speaking during a National Command Council update Minister of defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula revealed that initially, the intention was to lock down Gauteng, KZN and the Western Cape.
* This has since been revised. The department confirmed that the 28-year-old victim tested negative for Covid-19.
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."
48-Year-old Madelein van Wyk has been identified as one of the two coronavirus fatalities on Friday morning.
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."
Citizens in Johannesburg township Alexandra are on the receiving end of fury and insults from the rest of South Africa.
These folks are still out shopping and carrying on with their daily routines despite the national lockdown of 21 days.
The point of the lockdown is to help the country with the worrying spread of the coronavirus but it looks like not everyone is taking it as seriously.
Citizens will be encountering members of the SA National Defence Force well past the initial 21-day lockdown period.
In a letter addressed to National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise, President Cyril Ramaphosa has informed Parliament of the deployment.
Costing R641 200 290, a troop of 2820 soldiers has been deployed, according to the constitutionally required notice.
President Cyril Ramaphosa laid down his usual suit and tie in favour of army dress on Thursday evening.
Addressing members of the SA National Defence Force, Ramaphosa highlighted the importance of the task at hand:
"Go out and have the best of missions, this is a mercy mission, this is a life-restoration mission, this is a life-saving mission, this is a life-giving mission. Go out and save the lives of South Africans."
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