CAPE TOWN – South Africa now has 1170 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus and one death, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu confirmed on Friday.

Speaking on behalf of Health Minister Zweli Mkhize at Inter-ministerial briefing in Pretoria, Mthembu, said the number of coronavirus increased by 243 from 927 cases while the death toll has been reduced to one person.

Earlier reports, said two women from the Western Cape had died. Mthembu says clarification will be provided soon on the death toll. The death of the other person is suspected to be as a results of other health complications and not coronavirus as it was initially reported.

“Whilst indeed there has been a reported number of two deaths, arising out of COVID-19,what has now been confirmed by the authorities is one death. The other death is suspected. The minister will explain all that at an appropriate time.”

“The 48-year-old woman’s condition worsened while in ICU and she passed away this morning. The 28-year-old was admitted to hospital yesterday and received emergency healthcare. She also passed away this morning. The clinical picture is consistent with Covid-19, but we are awaiting the results of the test to confirm this,” he said to eNCA on Friday morning.

More than 28 000 deaths and about 597 185 cases of the Covid-19 pandemic have been confirmed globally.