UPDATE: South Africa Confirms First Covid-19 Fatality



Earlier on the first day of SA's 21-day lockdown, South Africa's minister of health, Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Twitter that Covid-19 has claimed its first two victims in South Africa - two women aged 28 and 48 from the Western Cape.

"It is with deep sadness that we announce two loss of lives to #coronavirus" adding that updates with more details will be provided throughout the day. 

In a radio interview, Western Cape premier Alan Winde confirmed the deaths explaining that while one of the deceased had a positive test for Covid-19 the other is assumed for now.

At 9 pm on Friday, the national institute for communicable diseases (NICD) created a series of Tweets to present its latest findings. 

"COVID-19 UPDATE: This morning we reported that 2 deaths had occurred as a result of COVID-19 virus. The 1st patient was a 48-year-old female who tested positive on the 23rd of March 2020. She was suffering from a pulmonary embolism. This means she had an underlying disease."

It was also revealed that the second patient - a 28-year-old woman - had tested negative for the virus.

"At the time of presentation, she was hypoxic. She was intubated and transferred to hospital during the early hrs of this morning, (ie 27 March 2020 at 3 am). On arrival in ICU, she was declared dead. The clinical picture was suggestive of COVID-19 and therefore a test was conducted"

The patient is no longer considered a Covid-19 case which reduces the country's current number of fatalities to one. 

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