South Africa reports its first Coronavirus death as three-week lockdown begins

As the country entered into a three-week lockdown with police screaming at the homeless on vacating the streets, South Africa on Friday, March 27, reported its first two deaths due to novel Coronavirus.

The number of positive Coronavirus cases in the country surpassed the count of 1,000, the highest in the African continent with more than 3,200 cases across the continent.

The Health Minister informed that the deaths occurred in Western Cape province, home of Cape Town.

The country has entered three-week lockdown with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa telling the troops on the eve of the lockdown to be a “force of kindness” and reminded them that “our people are terrified right now and we should not do anything to make their situation worse”.

During the period of lockdown, people have been asked to stay indoors and step outside only to acquire essential goods such as groceries or medical care or to provide essential services. 

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