Grieving in the time of COVID-19

A family in the Eastern Cape has buried relatives who died from COVID-19. Courtesy of #DStv403

MTHATHA - An Eastern Cape family on Wednesday morning gathered to mourn two of their loved ones.

The family watched from afar as the coffins of Nomakhasazana Soyizwaphi (70) and her daughter-in-law Lungiswa Soyizwaphi were sprayed with disinfectant before being lowered into the ground.

A neighbour said a quick prayer for these two women who -- according to family -- loved going to church.

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It was a quick funeral, a sign of the times of COVID-19.

Nomakhasazana was admitted to Life St Mary's Hospital on 11 May for diabetes-related treatment and was discharged one week later. 

Nomakhasazana took care of her mother-in-law and it's suspected that both women contracted COVID-19.

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On 28 May, Nomakhasazana was readmitted to St Mary's Hospital. She died the very next day.

Lungiswa sought treatment at a public hospital on 28 May and died three days later.

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