Covid-19: South Africa Records First Death

Zweli Mkhize. Image: SABC

Two people have died from coronavirus in South Africa.

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the first coronavirus related deaths in South Africa.

Mkhize announced on Friday morning that both deaths occurred in the Western Cape, one at a Private Hospital and the other in a Public Hospital.

The minister has also informed the public that the number of coronavirus cases in the country have tipped the 1,000 mark.

South Africa in 21 days lockdown

South Africans are currently on a lockdown after the government announced sweeping new measures to tackle the spread of the new Coronavirus.

“From midnight on Thursday, March 26 until midnight on Thursday, April 16, all South Africans will have to stay at home,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said late on Monday in a televised address to the nation.

However ,Ramaphosa stressed that people will still be able to leave their homes to seek medical care, buy food or collect a social grant.