Two Limpopo MECs test negative for Covid-19

The MEC for health Dr Phophi Ramathuba and her entire team tested negative for Covid-19.
The MEC for health Dr Phophi Ramathuba and her entire team tested negative for Covid-19.
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The Limpopo provincial government says it has welcomed the negative Covid-19 results of two members of the executive council. 

Premier Stan Mathabatha's spokesperson Kenny Mathivha said the MEC for education Polly Boshielo and MEC for sports, arts & culture Thandi Moraka had initially come into contact with prominent sports personality Netball SA president Cecilia Molokwane who tested positive for Covid-19 after she had travelled overseas. 

"The MEC for health Dr Phophi Ramathuba and her entire team has since screened and tested all those who came into close contact with our sports personality and we are happy to announce that all of them tested negative," he said. 

"We are excited that the results have come back negative of the Covid-19 virus and the two MECs will remain in self-quarantine until 14 days as part of protocols,"said  Mathabatha.

Molokwane announced last week that she tested positive for the virus. 

Mathivha added that the lockdown regulations have empowered the department of health to trace and arrest anyone who may have tested positive but refused to be quarantined. 

"The law also empowers for an arrest and force testing for anyone who may be suspected to have come into contact with people or persons suspected of having the Covid-19 virus," he said. 

The premier has again made the call for Limpopo people to observe all the safety rules "so that we avoid a catastrophic situation in the province".

'We still urge our people to stay indoors, to wash their hands with soap and water, to sanitise were possible, but at most to avoid any close contacts with people, and report any case with health officials," he said.

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