A doctor tested positive in Limpopo after travelling abroad. He remained in isolation and has since recovered.
Six doctors were infected in Gauteng with most having mild or no symptoms.
“We have noted with concern a number of confirmed Covid-19 cases of health workers who work both in the private and public hospitals. This includes doctor and nurses. We mention this because health workers are in the front line of this battle. They are exposed not only to their families but to the patients who they are meant to treat,” said Mkhize.
“It must be emphasised that none of these health workers were infected by patients that they were treating. They came into contact with their family members, friends and other colleagues who had tested positive for Covid-19. All individuals who were identified as contacts of these health workers have been put in quarantine and are being monitored,” he added.
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in SA increased to 1,187 on Saturday.
“We must outrightly state that these numbers do not indicate a reduction in the number of infections. It is merely a reflection of positive results that were received, verified and ready for today’s reporting,” said Mkhize.