Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has tested positive for coronavirus, confirming that his wife has also been affected. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic in South Africa.
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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has been helping to lead the nation amid the Covid-19 pandemic since the first case hit the country.
Now, Mkhize has confirmed that the impact of the virus has become far more personal for both him and his spouse.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest stories on the pandemic in SA:
1. Mkhize, wife tests positive for Covid-19
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that he and his wife, Dr May Mkhize, have both tested positive for Covid-19.
Mkhize revealed that the couple had decided to get tested on Saturday after they started showing mild symptoms, with the minister commenting that:
"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."
In light of the situation, Mkhize has reached out to people they had been in contact with recently:
"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."
The Minister confirmed that they are currently in quarantine at home and is optimistic that the couple will be able to fully recover.
However, Mkhize took the matter as an opportunity to caution citizens against reckless behaviour:
"I want to beg that we do not neglect wearing our masks, social distancing and washing / sanitizing our hands. 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.
Mkhize said he would use this time to rest so that he is prepared for a renewed battle against Covid-19:
"I will use this quarantine period to rest and recharge because our task to improve the health services of our country and the lives our people even post COVID-19 remains of paramount importance."
2. Mkhize on latest statistics
Mkhize also provided citizens with an update on the latest Covid-19 statistics on Sunday evening.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, the Minister touched on the latest number of infections:
"As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 703 793 with 1 662 new cases identified since the last report."
On fatalities, Mkhize reported that more deaths had been recorded in South Africa:
"Regrettably, we report 63 more COVID-19 related deaths: 9 from Eastern Cape and 54 from KwaZulu Natal This This brings the total number Covid-19 related deaths to 18 471."
The minister noted that recoveries now stand at 634 543 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that religious leaders were pleading with congregants to be careful of COVID-19.
Religious leaders have warned congregants to be careful and avoid a second wave of COVID-19. Since going into Level 1 of the national lockdown, regulations regarding gatherings changed.
Under the Level 1 regulations of lockdown, religious gatherings are limited to 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.
Participants are required to adhere to social distancing and no more than 50% of a venue can be used.
A statement that was issued by the South African Jewish Communal Leadership warned congregants that there were 31 new cases in the Johannesburg Jewish community.
The statement was issued by the Office of the Chief Rabbi, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, Professor Barry Schoub, Dr Richard Friedland and Professor Efraim Kramer.
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