By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
The Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Obed Bapela has tested positive for Covid-19.
In a statement presidency said the Deputy Minister took his 4th test since the outbreak of the pandemic after showing some symptoms. He received his results today, 09 January 2021.
As per the Covid regulations, Deputy Minister is in self-quarantine, said presidency.
"We wish Deputy Minister Bapela, his family as well as the thousands of South Africans who are battling the pandemic a speedy recovery."
The Deputy Minister has urged all South Africans to play their part by continuing to observe all health protocols, like regularly washing/sanitising hands, wearing a face mask that covers both nose and mouth and practicing social distancing at all times.
South Africa has recorded its worst day for Covid-19 infections, with 21,980 cases confirmed in the past 24 hours.
In a statement, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said the new cases meant that 1,192,570 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed since the start of the outbreak in March last year. In the same period, 32,425 deaths have been confirmed.
The new infections came from 76,202 tests at a positivity rate of 28.8%. In total, 7,043,680 tests have been completed countrywide in a little over 300 days since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.