-Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi has tested positive for Covid-19
- The minister has undergone 4 Covid-19 tests thus far, with the final test returning with some bad news
- Nxesi is now the fifth member of the Executive to contract the virus since the beginning of the pandemic
Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi has tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday.
In a statement issued by the government on the situation, it was revealed that the minister has had a number of close calls with the virus:
"This was the Minister’s 4th round of tests to be conducted since the outbreak of the virus, and the first to return positive. Minister Nxesi is in self-isolation and will continue to work from home. All members of the office of the Minister, who have come in contact with him will also undergo testing."
Nxesi is reportedly in high spirits and confident that he will manage to overcome Covid-19.
Minister Nxesi is the fifth member of the Executive to contract the coronavirus, following Minister Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister Mantashe, Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu and Deputy Minister Nkosi Holomisa.
Minister Mapisa-Nqakula and Deputy Minister Holomisa have since recovered and we wish our other colleagues, including Minister Nxesi, a speedy recovery.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Defense Minister and her husband Mr Charles Nqakula, who is the National Security Advisor to the President, have recovered from Covid-19.
The couple recently tested positive and went into self-isolation as a result. Thankfully, all their symptoms have cleared and their quarantine period will soon come to an end.
Both officials have been working from home during their ordeal which necessitated that staff members working in the Minister's private office had to undergo testing.
In a statement issued by the government to note the situation, condolences were extended to those who had lost their battle against Covid-19:
"We once again extend our well wishes to all who have contracted the Covid-19 disease. We also extend our condolences to the many families who have lost their loved ones due to the coronavirus."
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