Second coronavirus death reported in South Africa


JOHANNESBURG - A 74-year-old man from Ladysmith in KwaZulu Natal has become the second South African to die from the coronavirus.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the man had travelled to the Kruger National Park with his family.

On their return, he experienced flu-like symptoms.

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He had an underlying skin cancer condition which made him more vulnerable.

"It has been reported to us that the deceased patient had an underlying skin cancer 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 said.

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"The deceased’s family, 14 health workers, including three specialist doctors, who were in contact with him are now in quarantine and being monitored. We express our condolences to the family and we thank the doctors and health workers who looked after the deceased patient until his time of passing."

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The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 1280.

This is an increase of 93 from the previously reported cases.

Gauteng leads with 584, Western Cape second with 310 and KwaZulu Natal rounds off the top three with 167.

Northern Cape and North West have the least infections with six each.


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