South Africa’s top doctor announced Friday two more people have died from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to seven, with cases of those infected topping 1,500.

“The total number that has tested positive at this point is 1,505, that indicates 43 new cases that have been recorded today,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize told a televised news conference at Khayelitsha Hospital near Cape Town.

Mkhize said the newly deceased are a man and a woman, ages 80 and 81, both residents of KwaZulu-Natal province.

Mkhize also thanked healthcare workers for their tireless work to save lives

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