- Gwede Mantashe, the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, has contracted Covid-19 for a second time
- President Ramaphosa has stressed the importance of vaccination and adhering to Covid-19 protocols this festive season
- South Africa had mixed reactions to Mantashe's Covid-19 status, with some wishing him a good recovery and others questioning the efficacy of the vaccine
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JOHANNESBURG - On Saturday (18 December) Gwede Mantashe, the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time.
Mantashe is isolating and the presidency has reported that he has maintained a good disposition throughout. The minister's diagnosis comes after President Ramaphosa's positive Covid-19 test result a week earlier.
President Ramaphosa warns South Africans about Covid-19 over the festive season
Ramaphosa has told South Africans to be cautious of situations that could be superspreaders for Covid-19, particularly over the festive season. TimesLIVE reports that the president wants South Africans to avoid holding and attending such events.
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“Risky or careless behaviour will endanger public health and economic activity, neither of which the country can afford during this important period for the retail and tourism sectors", Ramaphosa said.
The president wants to avoid overcrowding at hospitals and Covid-related deaths as much as possible, saying that the government's immediate priority is ensuring the health and safety of all people living in South Africa.
Reactions to Gwede Mantashe contracting Covid-19 a second time
South Africans took to Twitter to comment on Mantashe's positive Covid-19 status and to wish him well in his recovery. Briefly News takes a look at a few here:
"Tigers don't cry, get well soon tiger."
"Maybe while he's convalescencing, someone who knows what they're doing can fix the mess he's caused."
"Ayi, Gwede Mantashe is not obeying social distance regulations, hence he got Covid-19 again."
"Is that even possible?"
"Get well Gwede."
Minister Gwede Mantashe tests positive for Covid-19
Yesterday, Briefly News reported that South Africa's Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has once again tested positive for Covid-19.
While not many details have been given out, the office of the Minister has revealed that he tested positive on Saturday after experiencing mild symptoms.
They went on to share that the Minister is currently in self-isolation but seems to be in good spirits. Mantashe and his wife tested positive in July this year too according to TimesLive.
Source: Briefly News