Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. File photo: Nqobile Mbonambi/African News Agency (ANA)
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. File photo: Nqobile Mbonambi/African News Agency (ANA)

SA records first coronavirus-related death

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Mar 27, 2020

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* Article has been updated to reflect that there is one coronavirus related death as of March 27, not two, as the Department of Health had erroneously said. 

Cape Town - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has now recorded its first death resulting from Covid-19.

He added that more details would be revealed later on Friday morning as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases have increased and have tipped 1000 mark. 

On Thursday night President Cyril Ramaphosa  warned that South Africa could have more than 1 500 confirmed coronavirus cases within the next few days. 

The president, who was dressed in full SANDF gear, was speaking to the nation while giving final orders to the troops who will be deployed to the streets from Thursday midnight. 

Ramaphosa said government was keeping the majority of the population indoors and it was the task of the SAPS and the SANDF to help curb the rising Covid-19 infection rate. 

"We are placing confidence and trust in all of you. In a few days, we could be at over 1 500. Our task is to minimise the infection rate," he told the soldiers. 

“Our task is to give life back to the people of South Africa, to make sure we save lives, to make sure the people of South Africa are safe and to make sure the country is in a state we can bounce back and come back to life. You are going to make that possible,” Ramaphosa said. 

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