Ramaphosa sends well wishes to Covid-hit Mkhizes

Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday sent well wishes to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and his wife, May Mkhize, after it was revealed that the minister had been infected with Covid-19.

Mkhize and his wife tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend. Mkhize was tested on Saturday after showing mild symptoms and confirmed in a statement on Sunday night that the couple had contracted the virus. Minister Mkhize said they were in quarantine at home and he was optimistic they would make a full recovery.

“The President wishes the Mkhizes a safe and restful recovery and joins the Minister in calling on all South Africans to remain careful and do all we need to do to keep safe and help the country avoid a second wave of the pandemic,” said the president in a statement on Monday.

“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,” said Mkhize.

Mkhize said their close contacts in the past week were a few 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,” said Mkhize.

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


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