- Alan Winde is the latest politician to test positive for the coronavirus but he is not letting this deter him from his cause
- The Western Cape Premier is now self-isolating at home for the next two weeks as guidelines insist
- This comes shortly after it was revealed that the ANC's KZN spokesperson passed away after contracting the virus
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde tested positive for the Covid-19 virus on Wednesday. In a statement issued by Winde to address the situation, he confirmed that he will be spending the next 14 days in self-isolation:
"I received a positive test result for Covid-19 this morning, and I am in self-isolation at home for 14 days."
The premier explained that he had started to develop symptoms over the past weekend:
"On Sunday, I started to develop mild flu-like symptoms. As I am diabetic (type 2) and over 55 years of age, I know I am at a higher risk of developing a more serious illness. I therefore went to be tested to determine the cause of the symptoms on Monday."
Winde revealed that he had stayed at home as soon as the tell-tale signs started to show, only experiencing mild symptoms:
"It feels like I have a cold. However, given my risk category, I will be carefully monitoring my health to make sure that any change is picked up quickly."
However, Winde says that even contracting the virus isn't keeping him from performing his duties:
"I will still be taking all meetings to coordinate our Covid-19 response in the Western Cape. The Western Cape has been working around the clock to ready our healthcare system for the increase in cases expected over this time, and we will not let our foot off the pedal. The fight continues."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that ANC officials had confirmed the passing of KZN spokesperson Ricardo Mthembu due to the virus.
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