COVID-19 claims second victim in South Africa. PHOTO: Contributed

A second person died after testing positive of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in South Africa, the country’s Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced on Sunday.

According to Mkhize, the 74 year old male had been in the intensive care unit and ventilation in a private hospital in Ladysmith. 

Mkhize added that the deceased 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 27 March 2020,” explained Mkhize.

“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 also said 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.”

Meanwhile, Mkhize announced that as of Sunday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in that country reached 1280. This is an increase of 93 from the previously reported cases.


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