File: A paramedic seals a COVID-19 coronavirus disease screening test kit. AFP/Jack Guez
JOHANNESBURG - The coronavirus death toll in South Africa has been revised to one.
It was previously reported that two patients had died as a result of the COVID-19 virus.
The Department of Health says the first patient was a 48-year-old female who tested positive for COVID-19 on the 23rd March 2020.
She was suffering from a pulmonary embolism. This means she had an underlying disease.
The second patient who died was a suspected case based on her clinical presentation.
In a statement, the department confirmed there is only one confirmed death caused by COVID-19 in South Africa.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has risen to 1170.
South Africa has begun a 21-day national lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.
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