South Africa’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel, has tested positive for Covid-19, as he revealed his results today, 25 July 2020.
Reports confirmed that the minister is in good spirits and is in self-quarantine, and will continue to work from home
Everyone who has been in contact with the Minister are in self-isolation and have been encouraged to get tested.
This was the Minister’s second test to be conducted since the outbreak of this virus.
On Monday, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe was admitted to hospital just days after contracting Covid-19.
Mantashe, along with his wife Nolwandle, were confirmed to have been infected two weeks ago.
Minister Mantashe was admitted to hospital on the advice of their family doctor for better medical attention and monitoring, whilst Mrs Mantashe will continue to self-quarantine at their home, a statement said.
Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has also tested positive for Covid-19.
In terms of Premiers, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde, North West Premier Jobs Mokgoro and Gauteng Premier David Makhura have all tested positive for the coronavirus and are currently recovering at home.