The African National Congress (ANC) has urged South Africans to adhere to the national lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus amid confirmation of South Africa’s first deaths – two women aged 28 and 48 in the Western Cape.
The country has over 1000 confirmed infections.
ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte has passed the party’s condolences on to the families of the victims.
“We hope and pray that no more lives will be taken by this virus. Remember this virus has no distinction between who you are, where you live, where you work and what you do. It can attack anybody of any age.”
“As we’ve seen in other countries, it does not only attack older people. We appeal to you to remain indoors. We appeal to you stay safe and healthy.”
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed sadness at the news of the first recorded deaths resulting from COVID-19.
The Health Department released a statement on Friday morning confirming the deaths of two people.
One at a private hospital and the other at a public hospital both from the Western Cape.
The party passed its condolences to the families.
On this video, South Africa report its first two deaths from the coronavirus
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says the deaths and the rise in numbers of COVID-19 infections are an indication of how serious the situation is.