Thursday, 07 January 2021 17:55

Staff Reporter.

Photo Credit: Trevor Samson.

Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation David Mahlobo has tested positive for COVID-19. 

He received his results on Thursday 7 January 2021. This was the Deputy Minister’s first test to be conducted since the outbreak of the virus in South Africa in March 2020.

According to Government Spokesperson Phumla Williams, Mahlobo remains in good spirits and is in self-quarantine at home.

All those who have been in contact with him will also self-isolate in their respective homes, "Williams said. 

"As South Africa is currently undergoing the second wave of the pandemic, we wish Deputy Minister Mahlobo as well as the thousands of South Africans who are battling this disease a speedy recovery. We further send our sincerest condolences to those who lost their loved ones to this disease," added Williams.

As President Cyril Ramaphosa said during his last address to the nation, "We can and will defeat this pandemic, but only if we each play our part." It is therefore crucial that we continue to follow all health protocols of regularly washing/sanitising our hands, wearing a mask that covers both nose and mouth and practising physical distancing at all times."

On Wednesday 6 January, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced what he called a "grim milestone". He said South Africa sadly breached the 20 000 mark for new cases that were identified in 24 hours.