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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and his wife test positive for COVID-19

The minister said they were in quarantine at home and he was optimistic they would make a full recovery.

FILE: Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on 20 July 2020 inspects the Nasrec field hospital's state of readiness amidst the province's increase in coronavirus cases. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and his wife, Dr May Mkhize, have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The minister said they were in quarantine at home and he was optimistic they would make a full recovery.

Mkhize was tested on Saturday after showing mild symptoms and confirmed in a statement on Sunday night that the couple had contracted the virus.

“We decided to go test yesterday [Saturday] when I started showing 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 said.

He said their close contacts in the past week were a few of their family members and some of his Department of Health team.

“We have informed them and advised them to immediately isolate in their homes and be tested,” Mkhize said.

“I am now in quarantine at home and both my wife and I remain optimistic that we will fully recover from this virus.”

The minister said he would 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.”

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