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Minister of Health tests positive for Covid-19

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Minister of Health, Dr Zwel Mkhize announced on Twitter that he and his wife have both tested positive for Covid-19.

"I wish to inform the public that this afternoon my wife, Dr May Mkhize and I have tested positive for Covid-19," said Mkhize

The minister said this in a statement and added that they had made the decision to be tested when both began showing mild symptoms of the virus.

"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," the minister said.

He added that he had been in close contact with family members as well as some members of the Health Ministry team over the past week but all parties have already been advised to immediately self-isolate at home and to get tested.

"I am now in quarantine at home and both my wife and I remain optimistic that we will fully recover from this virus." 

"I wish to take this opportunity to urge all South Africans to continue adhering to health protocols. I want to beg that we do not neglect to wear our masks, social distancing and washing / sanitizing our hands." said the minister.

He assured South Africans that the strict lockdown measures have helped to make significant strides in the fight against this pandemic.

"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," the minister warned.

"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."

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