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Gwede Mantashe, South African Minister of Minerals and Energy. Photo: RODGER BOSCH/AFP

COVID-19 latest: Minister Gwede Mantashe in isolation after testing positive

Minister Gwede Mantashe and Mrs Nolwandle Mantashe are currently in isolation. Here’s what we know.

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Gwede Mantashe, South African Minister of Minerals and Energy. Photo: RODGER BOSCH/AFP

According to the Government Communications and Information Systems, both the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, and his wife, Nolwandle Mantashe have tested positive for COVID-19.

The GCIS liaison stated that Minister Mantashe “received his results earlier today [14 July]”.

Gwede Mantashe’s ‘third round of COVID-19 tests

Both Minister Mantashe and his wife are currently in isolation. In addition, the “Minister will continue to work from home”.

As per the statement, this was Mantashe’s “third round of tests” since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus earlier this year. He has also called on all members of his private office to get tested.

“The Minister remains committed to a course of ensuring the security of energy and petroleum products supply to society during this difficult period and beyond”.

The Presidency

The presidency reiterated that in order to defeat the virus, “we must all continue playing our part in observing the World Health Organisation (WHO) protocols”.

This includes washing hands regularly, as well as wearing a mask when out in public, and adhering to social distancing guidelines.

COVID-19 in South Africa

As of 14 July 2020, a total of 298 292 South Africans have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Sadly, 4 346 patients have lost their lives since the outbreak of the virus, with 174 new deaths recorded within the last 24 hours.

“Regrettably, we report a further 174 COVID-19-related deaths: four from Northern Cape, 27 from KwaZulu-Natal, 17 from Eastern Cape, 44 from Western Cape and 82 from Gauteng.”

Thus far, 146 279 South Africans have recovered from the virus, meaning that the recovery rate is 49%. There are 152 013 active patients currently being treated for COVID-19.

To date, more than 2.2 million have been conducted, of which 38 114 tests were carried out during the last 24 hours.

Three premiers David Makhura of Gauteng, Job Mokgoro of North West and Alan Winde of the Western Cape have all recently tested positive for the virus that’s currently reaching its peak in the country.