South African Minister of Employment and Labor Thembelani Thulas Nxesi tests positive for COVID-19

The South African Minister of Employment and Labor, Mr. Thembelani Thulas Nxesi (MP), has tested positive for Covid-19. The Minister received his results earlier on Friday.

This was the Minister’s 4th round of tests to be conducted since the outbreak of the virus, and the first to return positive.

“Minister Nxesi is in self-isolation and will continue to work from home. All members of the office of the Minister, who have come in contact with him will also undergo testing,” the presidency in South Africa said in a statement received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC

“The Minister remains in high spirits and confident that he will beat the virus.

“Minister Nxesi is the fifth member of the Executive to contract the coronavirus, following Minister Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister Mantashe, Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu and Deputy Minister Nkosi Holomisa.

“Minister Mapisa-Nqakula and Deputy Minister Holomisa have since recovered and we wish our other colleagues, including Minister Nxesi, a speedy recovery.

“We once again extend our well wishes to all persons currently battling with the virus a speedy recovery. In the same vain, we extend our sincere condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones due to Covid-19.

“Let us all play our part by giving earnest support to those who are fighting this virus. In protecting ourselves, our families and communities, let us continue to observe all health protocols and regularly wash our hands, properly wear our masks and practice physical distancing. Together, we can beat the coronavirus,” the presidency added.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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