Minister Zweli Mkhize confirms 2nd death and total of 1280 cases of Coronavirus COVID-19

29 Mar 2020

As at today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 1280. This is an increase of 93 from the previously reported cases.

The provincial breakdown is as follows:

 

GAUTENG

584

WESTERN CAPE

310

KWAZULU – NATAL

167

FREE STATE

72

NORTH WEST

6

MPUMALANGA

11

LIMPOPO

12

EASTERN CAPE

12

NORTHERN CAPE

6

UNALLOCATED

100

 

REPORT OF A SECOND DEATH

It is with sadness that we announce the second death of a patient who had tested positive for COVID-19. The 74 year old male had been in ICU and ventilation in a private hospital in Ladysmith. He had travelled to Kruger National Park with his family and came back with flu like symptoms. He was confirmed to be COVID-19 positive on the 27th March 2020.

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.

The deceased’s family, 14 health workers, including 3 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.