Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Friday that South Africa has recorded its first COVID-19 related deaths, and that the number of cases increased to 1,000.
In a statement released on Friday morning, he said: “These two deaths occurred in the Western Cape. One at a private hospital and the other at a public hospital.”
Mkhize said more details surrounding the deaths would be released later in the day.
“We will give more details later on, when we announce the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases, which have increased from yesterday’s number and have tipped the 1,000 mark.”