19 October 2020
PRETORIA – President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize and his wife, Dr May Mkhize, a safe and speedy recovery after the couple tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19).
Mkhize and his wife announced on Sunday that they had 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.
“President Cyril Ramaphosa wishes Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and his wife, Dr May Mkhize, a safe and speedy recovery from their Covid-19 infection,” the Presidency said on Monday.
“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.”
Mkhize is now in quarantine. He said he went for a test after he 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,” he said.
The South African government has urged community members to continue adhering to health protocols and wearing face masks.