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World South Africa's health minister tests positive for COVID-19

23:41  18 october  2020
23:41  18 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's health minister, Zweli Mkhize, and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19, his office said late on Sunday.

a man wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: South African Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirms the first case of Coronavirus in South Africa at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa © Reuters/Sumaya Hisham FILE PHOTO: South African Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirms the first case of Coronavirus in South Africa at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa

"I am now in quarantine at home and both my wife and I remain optimistic that we will fully recover from this virus," Mkhize was quoted as saying in the statement.

Mkhize was tested on Saturday after showing mild symptoms.

On Friday, the number of coronavirus cases in Africa's worst affected country surpassed 700,000 since the first case was diagnosed in March and amid fears a second wave of infection would exacerbate an economic recession.

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According to the latest government data released on Saturday, South Africa had detected 1,928 new cases to push the total confirmed cases to just over 700,000 and 18,408 deaths.

A trained medical doctor, Mkhize has been at the forefront of South Africa's fight to contain the pandemic, and on Sunday he urged citizens to continue adhering to health protocols by wearing masks, sanitizing correctly and maintaining social distancing.

"Whatever we do and wherever we go, we have to keep in mind that there remains a risk of a second wave," he said.

(Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Daniel Wallis)

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