Gauteng Premier David Makhura tests positive for Covid-19. The Premier announced this on Friday.
He decided to get tested on Wednesday after experiencing mild symptoms. He received his results on Friday morning.
Makhura revealed his infection a day after his health department said six members of its “Covid-19 War Room” had contracted the virus, including Head of the Gauteng Health Department Professor Mkhululi Lukhele. Makhura and the six officials will self-isolate for two weeks.
“Given the fact that I only have mild symptoms, I will continue to ensure that the Provincial Executive Council and Provincial Coronavirus Command Council respond adequately to weather the storm of the pandemic,” Makhura said.
South Africa’s confirmed coronavirus infections have been accelerating in recent weeks as lockdown restrictions are eased. Cases rose by 13 000 to 238 339 on Thursday, the biggest single-day rise since the outbreak began.
Gauteng, which includes Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria, is now the epicentre with nearly 82 000 cases.