Friday, August 12 2022

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday after experiencing minor symptoms.

“Minister Phaahla took tests earlier today, and the results came back positive, and he immediately self-isolated,” the statement read.

However, according to his office, he will continue to carry out his official duties from home for seven days, while his scheduled contact meetings have been postponed or are now to take place virtually.

“It is a reminder that the pandemic remains with us and contagious, which is why the department continues to report positive cases and deaths from COVID-19 daily.”

Meanwhile, the Department of Health said Phaahla had received two doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, which it said boosted her immunity to the severity of the virus.

“The department wishes to remind the public that the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions does not mean the pandemic is over, so vaccination remains available at select sites at all times.”

South Africa now has 4,000,894 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak, of which 263 infections were detected on Tuesday.

The latest data shows the country has lost 13 more patients to COVID-19, one in 48 hours, bringing the death toll to 101,935.

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