The office of the Gauteng premier says Health MEC Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi is not exhibiting severe symptoms of the coronavirus.
She is currently in self-isolation after testing positive for the virus.
Dr Mokgethi was one of the first people to receive the Johnson and Johnson vaccine under the Sisonke programme in Gauteng.
She will remain in isolation for 10 days.
Vuyo Mhaga is the Gauteng premier’s spokesperson. “The Heath MEC was one of the first people to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine under the Sisonke programme in Gauteng. The COVID-19 vaccine prevents severe illness, hospitalisation and death. MEC Mokgethi is not exhibiting any severe symptoms and will remain in isolation for the next 10 days. Today she participated in a virtual meeting of the executive council. The public is encouraged to continue to adhere to non-pharmaceutical interventions even after they have been vaccinated.”
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Meanwhile, 3 522 new coronavirus infections have been recorded in South Africa in the past 24-hour cycle, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 1 621 362.
167 people have succumbed to COVID-19 related complications. This puts the national death toll at 55 507. The recovery rate now stands at 1 528 868.