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Grieving in the time of COVID-19

Grieving in the time of COVID-19 Janine Wed, 06/03/2020 - 10:57 Teaser Media Paragraphs A family in the Eastern Cape has buried relatives who died from COVID-19. Courtesy of #DStv403 MTHATHA - Maintaining social distance, an Eastern Cape family on Wednesday morning gathered to mourn two of their loved ones. The family watched from afar as the coffins of Nomakhasazana Soyizwaphi (70) and her daughter-in-law Lungiswa Soyizwaphi were sprayed with disinfectant before being lowered into the ground. A neighbour said a quick prayer for these two women who -- according to family -- loved going to church. READ: COVID-19: Startling claims about Eastern Cape hospital It was a quick funeral, a sign of the times of COVID-19. Nomakhasazana was admitted to Life St Mary s Hospital on 11 May for diabetes-related treatment and was discharged one week later.  Nomakhasazana took care of her mother-in-law and it s suspected that both women contracted COVID-19. READ: SA lockdown: Cogta announces changes to funeral regulations On 28 May, Nomakhasazana was readmitted to St Mary s Hospital. She died the very next day. Lungiswa sought treatment at a public hospital on 28 May and died three days later. - Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Help protect your loved ones by sharing this official South African government COVID-19 service with your family, friends and community. Send HI to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp. The NICD has another Clinician Hotline to improve #COVID19 communication and support for healthcare providers. The Clinician Hotline is 0800 11 1131, operating 24 hrs. The Public Hotline is 0800 029 999 also operating 24hrs.

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