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Update: The NICD on Friday confirmed that the second suspected COVID-19 victim tested negative for the disease. Only one COVID-19 related death has been confirmed in SA.
#COVID19 UPDATE: This morning we reported that 2 deaths had occurred as a result of #COVID19 virus. The 1st patient was a 48 year old female who tested positive on the 23rd March 2020. She was suffering from pulmonary embolism. This means she had an underlying disease.
— NICD (@nicd_sa) March 27, 2020
Original article: Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Friday the first two deaths in South Africa as a result of COVID-19.
In a brief statement published on the first day of South Africa’s 21-day national lockdown, Mhkize noted that the two patients were both from the Western Cape.
One was housed at a private hospital, the other at a public hospital.
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) March 27, 2020
“We will give more details later on, when we announce the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases,” he added.
The numbers, he informed have now broken past the 1000 mark in South Africa.
Worldwide, total known cases have increased to 530 000.
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