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Ebrahim Patel, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, has tested positive for COVID-19.

This was announced in statement released by the Presidency.

According to the statement, Minister Patel received his results on Saturday the 25th of July and is currently in self-quarantine.

“Minister Patel is in good spirits and is in self-quarantine, and will continue to work from home. Those that have been in contact with the Minister are also in self-isolation and have been encouraged to get tested.”

News about Minister Patel’s test results come as the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe was released from hospital on Sunday the 26th.

Minister Mantashe tested positive for COVID-19 on the 14th of July and was admitted to hospital on the 20th of July for medical attention.

Thulas Nxesi, the Minister of Employment and Labour has also been hospitalised since he recently tested positive for COVID-19.

So far, three Premiers have also tested positive, they are David Makhura from Gauteng, Alan Winde from the Western Cape and their Mpumalanga counterpart Job Mokgoro.  

News24 reports that the latest number of confirmed cases in South Africa is 434,200. So far, more than 2.6 million tests have been conducted.

South Africa is the country with the highest number of diagnosed infections on the continent.

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