COVID-19 related deaths show age as significant factor

COVID-19 related deaths show age as significant factor

Most of the people who died from coronavirus-related illnesses in the country were aged between 60 and 69.

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize released a national breakdown of South Africa's COVID-19 deaths as well as the new virus figures last night.

Mkhize says those in their 50s belong to the age group with the second-highest fatalities followed by people in their 70s and 40s.

One person in their twenties has died.

The country has now recorded its first neo-natal victim, a two-day-old baby. 

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Mkhize says the infant was born prematurely and had lung problems and required ventilation. 

KZN has registered 46 deaths and 1650 infections. 

But we have seen the number of recoveries rise each day, that figure now stand at 8950. 

The health ministry says to date, South Africa recorded 18 003 positive cases and has conducted more than a million tests. 

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