South Africa has registered five Covid-19 deaths, but the rate of new cases seems to have reduced for now, Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday
As of Tuesday, 31 March, the country had 46 new confirmed cases, Mkhize said. This brought the total amount of cases to 1 353 – the number includes cases where people have since recovered.
Also, as of Tuesday, Mkhize’s department confirmed five deaths as a result of the coronavirus, two of which had been previously reported.
The first death was a 48-year-old woman in the Western Cape who had an underlying condition, and the second was a 74-year-old man from Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal, Mkhize said.
The third death was confirmed to be an 85-year-old man in Bloemfontein. He was an elderly pastor, who was at the Bloemfontein church gathering attended by five international guests who later tested positive for the coronavirus.