The Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, has tested positive for COVID-19.
He announced this in a statement after he received his results on Friday morning. As a precautionary step, he has been self-isolating at home even before he received his results.
While in self-isolation for the next 14 days, Makhura has confirmed that he experienced mild symptoms earlier in the week and therefore decided to have himself tested on Wednesday. "I am now in self-isolation, in line with the WHO protocols and will work from home over the next 14 days whilst monitoring my health," he said.
It has been confirmed that six other members of his Department has also tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Gauteng recently surpassed the Western Cape as the epicentre of South Africa's cases due to the number of positive results.
On Thursday 9 July, the nationwide results climbed by a staggering 13,674 in one day, the biggest jump so far. The Department of Health released the latest numbers on Thursday, stating that the country now has 238,339 confirmed positive cases since the outbreak of the virus.
Makhura is not the first Premier to test positive for COVID-19. Both North West Premier, Job Mokgoro, and Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, have also confirmed that they have tested positive for the virus.
In his statement, Makhura appealed to all the people of Gauteng to continue playing their part in observing the golden rules of washing hands regularly, wearing a mask, and practicing physical distancing.
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