South Africa announced Tuesday that two more people have died from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number to five, with at least 1,353 infected. 

“We convey our sincere condolences to the loved ones of these departed citizens,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement.

Mkhize said the deceased include a 79 year-old man who was in respiratory distress and a 46-year-old woman who had an underlying medical conditions of hypertension and chronic asthma.

Meanwhile, the number of infections in South Africa continues to rise. As of Tuesday, cases had risen by 46 from the previous day.


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