Coronavirus: 12 Dead in South Africa, South Sudan Records First Death

  • At press time, South Africa has 1,686 cases of COVID-19, with twelve deaths. 
  • Of these, 45 people had recovered from the disease, as articulated by the nation’s Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize.
  • South Sudan's first cases, a 29-year old woman who worked for UNMISS, also became the country's first death.

South Africa reported 11 deaths and 1,655 positive cases of infection with the new coronavirus yesterday. Elsewhere, South Sudan recorded its first death due to the disease. KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa’s province situated along the country’s coastline, is the province with the highest number of deaths, with seven out of the eleven recorded in the country.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

In the province, the spread of the epidemic has already caused 246 positive cases of infection, as reported through Sunday by the nation’s health authorities. Among the 11 fatalities, the youngest is 46 and the oldest 86, the Ministry of Health said in a statement released to the press.

At press time, South Africa has 1,686 cases of COVID-19, with twelve deaths. The situation worsened, with 80 cases of infection reported on Saturday, and 70 cases reported on Sunday. An additional 31 cases were reported today.

In the province of Gauteng, which comprises Johannesburg, and the epicenter of the epidemic in the country, one fatality was reported and 704 positive cases of infection by COVID-19 have so far been recorded. In the Western Cape, the southwest of the country, there are two deaths on record, and 454 cases of infection declared positive, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.

In the Free State, located in the center of the country, the epidemic caused a fatality, where the number of infections by COVID-19 amounts to 87 positive cases, as announced by the country’s health authorities. The statement said that South African health authorities also accounted for 87 positive cases of COVID-19 in the remaining five provinces of the country, namely: Eastern Cape (31), Limpopo (19), Mpumalanga (18), North West (11), and Northern Cape (8).

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

The South African Ministry of Health points out that the results of analyzes of 77 cases of infection are awaiting verification. The authorities conducted 56,873 tests of COVID-19 from March 1, the statement indicated. Of these, 45 people had recovered from the disease, as articulated by the nation’s Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize.

South Sudan Registers First Case of COVID-19

Elsewhere, South Sudan registered it’s first case of coronavirus on Sunday. A 29-year-old woman, who arrived on a flight from the Netherlands, was confirmed as the first case of COVID-19 in the country. The 29-year-old woman worked for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

At a press conference, South Sudan’s first vice president, Riek Machar, reported on Sunday that the woman— who had not revealed her identity— landed in the capital, Juba, on March 28 from the Netherlands. She had previously stopped in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.

“The Ministry of Health’s Rapid Response Team went to the clinic and collected the samples the same day. The initial test came positive. A second run of the confirmatory test also returned positive,” said Dr Machar on Sunday. “The patient is a 29 year old female who arrived in the country from Netherlands via Addis Ababa on February 28, 2020. She has no history of underlying or pre-existing illness. She is currently in isolation and is in good health,” he added.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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