JOHANNESBURG

South Africa reported its first two deaths from COVID-19 on Friday morning, hours after the country started a three-week curfew to stem the virus’ spread.

In a statement, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said both deaths were reported in the Western Cape province, one at a private hospital and the other at a government facility.

The minister said COVID-19 cases in South Africa “have increased from yesterday’s number and have tipped the 1,000 mark,” without sharing the specific figure.

He said more details would be shared later on Friday.

On Thursday, South Africa’s tally of COVID-19 cases jumped to 927 after 218 new cases

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