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South Africa's Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, and his wife have both tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement released by the Minister yesterday, he confirmed that he and his wife had mild symptoms and decided to go for tests.

They received their results yesterday and made it known to those who they have been in contact with. The couple will be isolating for 10 days and have advised those who they have been in contact with to do the same.

In his statement, the Minister said that he decided to have himself tested when he felt abnormally exhausted and as the day progressed, he started losing his appetite. His wife, Dr May Mkhize had a cough, was dizzy and extremely exhausted.

As it stands, South Africa has had just over 704,000 cases, with 635,000 people who have recovered fully. The death rate in the country due to COVID-19 stands at just over 18,000.

The United States is the country with the most positive cases as well as the highest death rate. Other countries with high infection rates include India and Brazil.

The Washington Post reports that, over the past 10 days, a million new COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Europe. Various countries have had to imploy new lockdown restrictions and regulations to stop the spread of the virus and the feared second wave.

Watch the SABC News video below for more on the Health Minister’s positive test.

Image credit: Daily Maverick

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