South Africa’s Trade Minister, Ebrahim Patel, has tested positive to deadly coronavirus pandemic. Naija News learnt that Patel was the fourth minister to contract the virus in Africa’s hardest-hit country.
Confirming the development, Cabinet spokeswoman Phumla Williams said in a statement that Patel, 58, received his results on Saturday.
“Minister Patel is in good spirits and is in self-quarantine, and will continue to work from home,” Williams said.
“Those that have been in contact with the Minister are also in self-isolation and have been encouraged to get tested,” she added.
Four ministers and several MPs have so far contracted coronavirus in South Africa, which has the highest numbers of diagnosed infections in Africa and ranks fifth in the world after the United States, Brazil, India and Russia.
However, South Africa have recorded over 434,200 COVID-19 cases with at least 6,655 of whom have died.