South Africa reports first coronavirus deaths as ‘unprecedented’ lockdown begins.

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South Africa on March 27 reported its first COVID-19 deaths, just as the country joined other African nations in imposing strict curfews and shutdowns to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Our correspondent Jane Flanagan tells us more.

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