A young woman who was planning to marry her childhood sweetheart this year, her father and mother have all tragically died of coronavirus within a couple of days of each other.

The young woman, Zoe Freshwater, 26, was working as a teacher at Highway College in Queensborough, Durban, South Africa, and was due to marry her childhood sweetheart at the end of last month just before Christmas.

But it has now been revealed that she died together with her dad Greg, 63, and mother Angela, 52.

A relative of the family, identified as Catherine Janse van Ravensburg, told local media that her uncle had been the first to be taken sick on December 2.

He had refused initially to go to the doctors, and when his daughter Zoe got ill she thought it was just over work coupled with the stress of making the wedding preparations.

A week after that when her aunt started to get sick as well, they had been tested on December 15 and given the diagnosis that they had Covid-19.

She said that her aunt had started to feel worse the next day, and had gone to the local Westville Hospital where she was not given oxygen machine although she needed one, and in the end had gone back home.

Back at home, her condition worsened and then she had been taken to hospital again, this time to the St Augustine's hospital on December 19.

Her husband was admitted three days later, and died on December 23 when she was moved to the intensive care ward. Within 24 hours she was in a coma and died as her daughter Zoe was admitted to hospital on Christmas Eve.

The family said that the young woman and her fiancé had been together since they were 11, and had always thought they would spend their lives together.

The bodies are due to be cremated with their family and friends not attending the ceremony in order to underline the threat that the coronavirus poses to public health.

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