The Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has tested positive for COVID-19.  In a statement, the Presidency says the Minister took the test earlier on Monday after showing some symptoms.

“As per the COVID-19 regulations, Minister Mthembu as well as those who have come in contact with him will immediately self-quarantine.”

Minister Mthembu is the fourth member of the Executive who has tested positive in the past week. The presidency says  Mthembu remains in high spirits and wishes all those who are also fighting the coronavirus a speedy recovery.

“We once again urge all South Africans to play their part by continuing to regularly washing, sanitising their hands, properly wearing a face mask, and practicing physical distancing at all times,” says Minister Mthembu.

The battle against the virus continues 

South Africa is continuing to see a rise in the number of cases.  The Department of Health reported 17 421 new coronavirus cases and 339 COVID-19-related deaths on Sunday.

There are  1 231 597 infections since the start of the pandemic and over 33 000 fatalities.

President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the nation on Monday on developments in COVID-19 response: