Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize has announced that two South Africans have died after being infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus.
“This morning, we wake South Africans up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19,” Mkhize said in a statement.
“These two deaths occurred in the Western Cape. One at a private hospital and the other at a public hospital.”
Mkhize added that the number of cases in South Africa has now increased to over 1,000.
“We will give more details later on when we announce the COVID-19 cases, which have increased from yesterday’s number and have tipped the 1,000 mark,” he said.
The latest official number of coronavirus cases announced by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) stood at 927 as of Thursday 26 March.
Gauteng had the highest number of cases, closely followed by the Western Cape and then KwaZulu-Natal.
As of the last official update, 20,471 tests had been conducted in South Africa.
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) March 27, 2020