Minister Mkhize confirms 5 COVID-19 deaths in SA
A 5th person has died of the coronavirus in South Africa. This was confirmed by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize at a media briefing in Durban.
The number of confirmed cases now stands at 1 353 up from 1 326 on Monday. The Minister says the latest death was in Gauteng which remains the province with most confirmed cases of the virus.
The Minister says the latest death was a 79-year-old man of Gauteng who had an underlying chest condition.
“This gives us 633 in Gauteng which is the highest, 325 in Western Cape, KZN 179, Free State 74, North West 8, MP 12, Limpopo 14, Eastern Cape 12, Northern Cape 6 then we have still got unallocated which is 90.”
Meanwhile, the Free State Health Department has confirmed that the third person who died from COVID-19 virus was the 85-year-old, Pastor John Hlangeni from the Global Reconciliation Church in Bloemfontein.
He attended the same church gathering than five international guests who later tested positive for the virus. The leader of the ACDP, Reverend Kenneth Meshoe and the party’s Chief Whip, Steve Swart as well as the evangelist, Angus Buchan also tested positive after the meeting.
Hlangeni died in the Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein on Monday. His 81-year-old wife who also has the virus is in isolation in the same hospital. Free State health spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi says the loss is a tragic one.
“It is with great sadness that we have to announce that we have lost one person in the Free State to coronavirus. John Hlangeni an 85-year-old man, a well-respected man in the community passed away yesterday in Pelonomi hospital. We are saddened because we are hoping that he would recover because we have a number of recoveries as well,” says Mvambi.