- Lindiwe Zulu has annoucned that she tested positive for Covid-19, after an incessantly sore throat motivated her to get tested
- The minister credits being fully vaccinated to her mild experience of Covid-19 and the low number of symptoms she has
- Poland will impose a 17-day travel ban on southern African countries starting on 1 December 2021
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Lindiwe Zulu, the Minister of Social Development, has announced that she has tested positive for Covid-19. She went for a viral swab test on Sunday (28 Nov) after she started experiencing a sore throat.
Zulu says she does not feel that her health is badly affected by the virus, which she attributes to being fully vaccinated. She is self-isolating and will work from home.
The minister used the opportunity to encourage her fellow South Africans to get vaccinated so that the fourth wave is not as severe as the previous three, TimesLIVE reports.
New Omicron cases internationally
Canada and the Netherlands have reported confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in passengers. Canada has two cases and the Netherlands has 14 cases. Although it is not clear at present if Canada's cases contracted the variant in southern Africa.
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Following reports of increasing numbers of people being infected with the Omicron variant, Poland has decided to institute a travel ban on southern African countries from 1 to 17 December 2021.
According to News24, Adam Niedzielski, Poland's health minister, said that the variant and emerging mutations threaten the health of Polish citizens, which is why the country is making a move to protect them.
Reactions to Lindiwe Zulu testing positive for Covid-19
"Fully vaccinated she probably has mild symptoms may she get well soon."
"They will claim it could have been worse if she wasn't vaccinated."
"Vaccine does not prevent COVID, it prepares your body to fight COVID if you have contacted it."
"Then after this Minister they going to pay a famous personality to “test positive”. Promo team is working overtime."
"It’s impossible, she’s vaccinated, and she wears a mask."
South Africans do not want another Covid-19 lockdown
If the government goes ahead with plans for further restrictions they risk a strong public backlash.
Business for SA chair Martin Kingston has warned President Cyril Ramaphosa not to implement any measures that could further harm the economy.
Source: Briefly News