Western Cape Prime Minister Alan Winde unexpectedly postponed his weekly online Covid-19 media conference Thursday after developing a fever.
Winde, a diabetic, was tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday and is at home in isolation after developing mild flu symptoms over the weekend. The prime minister says he is at risk because he is over 55 and suffering from type 2 diabetes.
Winde’s spokeswoman Bianca Capazorio says he decided on doctor’s advice to rather rest because he has a slight fever.
“Since he has type 2 diabetes, the prime minister is monitoring himself closely. His blood glucose levels were also higher than usual this morning and so it was decided that he should rest. ”
She says a new date for the online media conference will be announced soon.
Meanwhile, two other members of the provincial legislature are also two weeks into self-isolation after contacting Winds on Friday.
The provincial government has not yet confirmed how many members are now in self-isolation, but did indicate that two MECs attended a cabinet meeting with the legislature on Friday with Winde. However, most MECs attended this meeting online.
1. Please accept our apologies for the postponement of today's digicon. I have taken the decision to rest at home, on the advice of my doctor, due to having a slight fever as a result of Covid-19. As I have type 2 diabetes, I am monitoring myself closely. pic.twitter.com/302KZ0QPeq— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) July 9, 2020