SA reports second virus death, cases reach 1 280

SA reports second virus death, cases reach 1 280

A 74-year-old KwaZulu-Natal man has died in hospital after contracting COVID-19. 

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National Health says this brings the coronavirus death toll in the country -- to two. 

South Africa entered day four of a national lockdown on Monday - to break the transmission of the virus. 

The number of infections in the country has climbed to 1 280. 

In a statement released on Sunday night, Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize says the man - who is from Ladysmith - travelled with his family to the Kruger National Park this month.

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Mkhize says he came back from his vacation with flu-like symptoms and tested positive for the respiratory disease on Friday.

The man was admitted into hospital with symptoms of respiratory distress, shortness of breath, cardiac failure and a high temperature.

Mkhize says the man also had an underlying skin cancer condition which complicated the situation.

He was then placed in ICU on a ventilator where he later died.

His family, as well as 14 healthcare workers and three doctors who treated him, are currently in quarantine and being monitored.

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Meanwhile, the number of cases in the province has increased to 167 from 134.

Gauteng still has the most confirmed cases with 584.

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