Health minister Zweli Mkhize and his wife test positive for Covid-19

Mkhize and his wife are in quarantine at home

Health minister Zweli Mkhize. Picture: THAPELO MOREBUDI/SUNDAY TIMES
Health minister Zweli Mkhize. Picture: THAPELO MOREBUDI/SUNDAY TIMES

Health minister Zweli Mkhize and his wife have tested positive for Covid-19 and gone into quarantine at home, he announced in a statement on Sunday night.

“I wish to inform the public that this afternoon my wife, Dr May Mkhize and I have tested positive for Covid-19. We decided to go test yesterday when I started showing mild symptoms. I was feeling abnormally exhausted and as the day progressed, I started losing appetite. My wife had a cough, was dizzy and extremely exhausted. Given her symptoms, the doctors advised that she must be admitted for observation and rehydration,” said the Minister.

“Our close contacts in the past week have been a few of our family members and some of my health ministry team. We have informed them and advised them to immediately isolate in their homes and be tested,” he said, without saying how many people were affected.

The minister said he and his wife were optimistic that they would fully recover from the virus, which has swept around the globe since it emerged in China late last year. More than 700,000 cases have been recorded in SA since the first case was confirmed in early March, and over 18,400 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded by the health department.

“I wish to take this opportunity to urge all South Africans to continue adhering to health protocols. I want to beg that we do not neglect wearing our masks, social distancing and washing (and) sanitizing our hands,” said Mkhize.

“As a country, we’ve made significant strides in our fight against this pandemic. Let us not dare regress. Whatever we do and wherever we go, we have to keep in mind that there remains a risk of a second wave. This virus only spreads through movement and contact of people. Therefore we must all play our part. We must protect ourselves and those we love,” he said.

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