South Africa’s Covid-19 case count has risen to 1280 on Sunday – with a second Covid-19 death confirmed.

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize released the latest figures on Sunday night.

The infections have risen from 1187 on Saturday.

A 74-year-old man is the second South African to die after having tested positive for the virus.

He had recently travelled to the Kruger National Park with his family.

The deceased patient had an underlying skin cancer condition, melanoma which had already complicated

“It has been reported to us that the deceased patient had an underlying skin condition, melanoma, which had already complicated.

“He presented with the following symptoms: respiratory distress, shortness of breath, cardiac failure, decreased saturation and his temperature was above 38 degrees,” Mkhize details.

The family of the deceased patient, 14 health workers, including three specialists, who were in contact with him have all been placed under quarantine and are being monitored.

South Africa recorded its first Covid-19 death on Friday, 22 days after the first case had been reported on Thursday 5 March.

The 48-year-old woman died two days after getting her test results.

Her husband had told the media that the woman had not travelled recently, though they did visit a wine farm in Cape Winelands the weekend before she fell ill and started complaining about being fatigued.

The latest figures show that Gauteng leads with 584 cases, the Western Cape with 310, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 167.

Free State 72

Limpopo 12

Eastern Cape 12

Mpumalanga 11

North West 6

Northern Cape 6

A total of 35 593 tests have so far been conducted in South Africa.

Khayelitsha in the Western Cape has become the first township to record a Covid-19 infection, the Western Cape government has confirmed.

Khayelitsha is one of the largest townships in the province and is home to over 400 000 people.

There are also five cases reported in Mitchell’s Plain – a densely populated and impoverished neighbourhood on the Cape Flats.

Mitchell’s Plain only has two public health facilities and a private hospital servicing over 310 000 residents.

South Africa is currently on lockdown since Friday until midnight on 16 April.

South Africans cannot leave their homes unless they are going to the shops to purchase essential food supplies and medicine or reporting for duty as an essential service worker.

Morning jogs, walking your dog or leaving your home for any leisure activity is prohibited.

The army has been deployed to ensure the lockdown regulations are adhered to.

Public transport has been limited, schools and universities shut down until further notice and travel bans implemented.


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