Gauteng’s first Covid-19 death is a 79-year-old man from Krugersdorp

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed the death at a press briefing on Tuesday evening. He said including this case, five South Africans had died from Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus.

Besides the man in Gauteng, two were in KwaZulu-Natal and one each in the Western Cape and the Free State.

Meanwhile, the Gauteng government said it began rolling out Covid-19 tests on Tuesday, starting in Alexandra, Johannesburg.

“Following the directives of the president of deploying 10,000 field workers to visit villages, towns and cities to screen residents for Covid-19 symptoms, the Gauteng provincial council has resolved to implement [the] directives by screening residents of Gauteng, starting today [Tuesday] with Alexandra township,” said the province.

The screening of residents will initially focus on areas with the largest number of contacts, as well as high-density areas that are most vulnerable.