South Africa has announced its first deaths from Coronavirus infection, and said cases there have passed the 1,000 mark.

“This morning, we South Africans wake up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19,” the health ministry said on Friday.

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Both deaths took place in hospitals in the southern province of Western Cape.

Security forces have begun enforcing a three-week nationwide lockdown in an effort to stem the spread of the virus.

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Ahead of the midnight deadline there were long queues outside supermarkets as people stocked up on essentials.  

How is South Africa fighting the virus?

“I send you out to go and defend our people against coronavirus,” he said, wearing a camouflage uniform.

  • No alcohol, no dog walks – lockdown in South Africa
  • South Africa braces for the worst

“This is , not only in our democracy but also in the history of our country, that we will have a lockdown for 21 days to go out and wage war against an invisible enemy, coronavirus.”

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