Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and his wife May have both tested positive for coronavirus. He is now in self-quarantine at his home and is staying positive about his diagnosis. His wife has been admitted to hospital for observation and rehydration.

In a tweet on Sunday at 9.36pm, Mkhize said: “I wish to inform the public that this afternoon my wife, Dr May Mkhize and I have tested positive for COVID-19. We decided to go test yesterday when I started showing mild symptoms.”

The minister is 64-years-old, and said he 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.

“Our close contacts in the past week have been a few of our family members and some of my Health Ministry team. We have informed them and advised them to immediately isolate in their homes and be 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,” he added.

He urged the public to wear their masks, social-distance and continue sanitising.

“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.

“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,” he concluded.


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