The Premier of the Eastern Cape Province Oscar Mabuyane has tested positive for coronavirus. Premier Mabuyane had flu symptoms prompting him to take a coronavirus test.
The Premier has started informing his family members, staff in his office and some of the people he met with recently about his test results and encouraged those who might be feeling similar symptoms to take a coronavirus test.
Premier Mabuyane is isolating at home.
South Africa’s COVID-19 cases have increased to 742 394, with 2 140 new cases detected in the last 24-hours.
The country’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 20 011, with 60 new deaths since the last report. Recoveries stand at 686 458, which translates to a 92% recovery rate.
In mid-October, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and his wife tested positive for coronavirus. In a statement, the minister said at the time that they decided to test after experiencing mild symptoms.
“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.”
Mkhize and his wife both quarantined at home.
The Minister also urged South Africans to continue adhering to safety protocols.
“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 wearing our masks, social distancing, and washing / sanitising our hands.”