South Africa’s Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and his wife tested positive for COVID-19, his office said on Sunday.
“I am quarantined at home and both my wife and I are optimistic that we will fully recover from the virus,” Mkhize said in the statement, according to Reuters.
Mkhize performed the test this Saturday (17), after presenting mild symptoms of the disease.
On Friday, the number of coronavirus cases in South Africa, the continent’s most affected country, exceeded 700,000 since the first diagnosis of the disease, recorded in March, and amid fears that a second wave of contagion can exacerbate the economic recession.
According to the latest figures released by the government yesterday (17), South Africa detected 1,928 new cases, exceeding 700,000 diagnoses and reaching 18,408 deaths.
Mkhize is a doctor by profession and was at the forefront of the country’s struggle to contain the pandemic, and today asked (18) that citizens continue to follow the sanitary measures against COVID-19: wearing masks, constant cleaning and social detachment.