South Africa reports first two coronavirus deaths as cases breach 1,000

JOHANNESBURG, March 27 (Reuters) - Two people have died from coronavirus in South Africa, the health ministry said on Friday, adding that the total number of cases in the country have risen to more than 1,000, from 927 a day earlier.

"This morning, we South Africans wake up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19," the health ministry said in a statement. (Reporting by Emma Rumney; Editing by Tom Hogue)