- Several posts online have gone viral, claiming the Health Minister of South Africa is profiting from the coronavirus
- According to the posts, Zweli Mkhize owns a company that manufactures and distributes PPEs in the country
- However, the minister has now set the record straight, rubbishing the claims on his official Twitter account
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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has been the centre of a social media rumour. Several online posts claimed recently that Mkhize owns a PPE manufacturing company.
The posts rubbed South Africans the wrong way, with many slamming the health minister for profiting from the pandemic.
The accusations were serious enough that it led to the minister responding to the 'fake news' on Twitter.
In a statement, Mkhize denied owning, or being part of, a company that produces and manufactures PPEs in SA.
Take a look at the response on Mkhize's official Twitter page:
In another tweet, the account makes it clear that neither Mkhize or any of his family members are involved in a business making PPEs.
The tweet read:
"In anticipation of any further emergence of fake news, we also categorically state that nobody in Minister Mkhize’s family is in the business of manufacturing, selling or distribution of PPE."
Another post read:
"This kind of content is damaging to the reputation of honest, hard working members of the executive. It distracts away from and undermines the important work of fighting the coronavirus."
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Meanwhile, in other news, Briefly.co.za reported South Africa has recorded a promising 73% recovery rate. More than 400 000 patients have recovered from the coronavirus.
According to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, the number of confirmed cases has increased by 6 670, bringing the total number of infections to 559 858. Mkhize confirmed that of the 198 new deaths, 80 were from the Eastern Cape, 63 from KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng had 32 while the Western Cape 23. The minister offered condolences to the lives lost.
While SA is celebrating the recovery rate, the US is still feeling the devastating effects of the coronavirus.
America recorded a grim milestone with over five million people infected with Covid-19, according to Reuters. This means that one in every 66 residents is infected with the virus. So far, there are over 160 000 Covid-19 deaths in the country.
According to reports, the USA leads the world in the highest number of Covid-19 infections. US President Donald Trump has said that there should be a working vaccine by November, around the time of the country's presidential election.
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