First coronavirus death confirmed in SA

File: A healthcare worker 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. 

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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.

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South Africa has begun a 21-day national lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

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