The number of positive Covid-19 cases continues to rise in SA. Picture: 123rf.com/betonstudio
The number of positive Covid-19 cases continues to rise in SA. Picture: 123rf.com/betonstudio

SA has recorded its second Covid-19 death, this time in KwaZulu-Natal, as the number of infections increased to 1,280,  health minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Sunday evening.

A 74-year-old man, who had tested positive for the virus, had been in ICU and on a ventilator in a private hospital in Ladysmith, and had an underlying skin cancer condition.

Mkhize said the man had travelled to the Kruger National Park with his family and returned home with flu symptoms. It was confirmed that he had tested positive for Covid-19 on March 27.

The man’s family, 14 health workers, including three specialist doctors, who were in contact with the man were now in quarantine and being monitored, Mkhize said.

The first reported death from the coronavirus in SA was reported on Friday.

The number of reported Covid-19 cases has now increased by 93 since Saturday evening.

According to the government's official coronavirus website a total of 31,963 tests have been conducted in SA.

Gauteng remains the epicentre of SA’s outbreak, with 584 cases. Western Cape has 310 and KwaZulu-Natal 167. Free State has 72 cases, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape each have 12, Mpumalanga 11, while the North West has 6 and Northern Cape has 6. However, 100 cases are unallocated to provinces.

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