Gauteng Prime Minister David Makhura confirmed on Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Makhura said in a statement that he started showing symptoms on Wednesday and started self-isolating as a precautionary measure on Thursday.
“I received my test results today confirming that I was tested positive for the virus,” says Makhura.
Makhura says he is only experiencing mild symptoms.
“I am now in self-isolation in accordance with the protocols of the World Health Organization and will work from home for the next 14 days while watching my health.
“I will continue to ensure that the provincial executive council and the provincial Covid 19 command council do enough work to control the Covid 19 storm and thus save more lives.”
Gauteng was officially declared the hot spot in the country on Wednesday night, after the province overtook the Western Cape in the total number of confirmed cases. Gauteng also has significantly more active cases than the Western Cape.
It was announced on Thursday that six members of Gauteng’s Covid 19 command council were also tested positive for the virus.
Today, Friday 10 July 2020, I received my test results confirming that I have tested positive for COVID-19.— David Makhura (@David_Makhura) July 10, 2020
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. pic.twitter.com/GPYgoZvzt9