Minister Mthembu tests positive for COVID-19

2021-Jan-11   08:19

Minister Mthembu tests positive for COVID-19
Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, has contracted Covid-19, government announced on Monday.
Source: GCIS

- Silver Sibiya

Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, has contracted Covid-19, government announced on Monday.

In a statement released on Monday afternoon, government said the minister took the test earlier in the day after showing some symptoms.

“As per the COVID-19 regulations, Minister Mthembu as well as those who have come in contact with him will immediately self-quarantine,” said the statement.

"We once again urge all South Africans to play their part by continuing to regularly wash or sanitise their hands, properly wearing a face mask and practicing physical distancing at all times," said Mthembu.

Mthembu is the fourth member of the Executive to test positive for the novel coronavirus in the past week.

This after three deputy ministers contracted the virus in the past few days.

Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Obed Bapela, Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, David Mahlobo and Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour, Boitumelo Moloi were all confirmed to contracted the deadly virus. Moloi is in hospital since last week.

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