South Africa reports first two deaths

South Africa has confirmed its first two deaths from coronavirus.

Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize said both occurred in the Western Cape – one at a private hospital, the other a public hospital.

Dr Mkhize said updated figures on coronavirus cases would be released shortly, but that they had risen to more than 1,000 since yesterday.

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

Anyone violating the new restrictions faces six months’ imprisonment or a heavy fine.

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