- A Cape Town police officer succumbed to the Covid-19 virus in the loneliest way
- Sergeant Chriszelda Coetzee self-isolated in her flat alone after testing positive for the virus
- After she did not respond to calls from her sister, neighbours were asked to check on her and discovered that she had died alone in her flat
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A Cape Town police officer, who self-isolated after finding out she had the Covid-19 virus, ended up dying alone in her flat, her sister said on Tuesday.
38 year old Chriszelda Coetzee had been in the police force for almost 20 years and was a familiar face in the Cape Town Regional Court.
She started feeling ill and struggled to breathe on 5 July. Her sister, Cindy Coetzee, took her to hospital, where it was discovered she had a high fever, but they could not admit her until she had taken a test for Covid-19.
After receiving confirmation two days later, she decided to isolate at her flat in Tygervalley.
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"I spoke to her every day. On Friday, I phoned her and she said she is fine. She is resting, drinking her Oros and sleeping. That's all she wanted to do.
"I phoned her on Saturday and it rang once and died. I think her battery went flat."
A panicked Cindy the asked her sister's neighbours to check up on her. They found her unresponsive and an ambulance was called.
It's believed she had gone into a coma.It was then discovered that she had already passed away.
Colleagues and friends took to social media to share their devastation at the news. The family is hoping to hold her funeral on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that a Canadian biotech company is one of the companies in the world trying to develop a vaccine for the Covid-19 virus.
However, Medicago is taking a different route as they are using plants for their potential vaccine.
The company began phase one clinical trials yesterday and are hopeful for positive results.
Medicago has been using plants to develop potential vaccines for more than two decades.
It is backed by large investors like Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma and Philip Morris International Inc.
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