The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Mr. Gwede Mantashe (MP) tested positive for COVID-19 together with his wife, Mrs. Nolwandle Mantashe. The results were received and confirmed on the 14 July 2020 according to the Presidency’s statement.
It appears that Gwede has been testing for the virus various times, as it stands, this was his 3rd ’round of tests to be conducted since the outbreak of this virus.’
‘Minister Mantashe and Mrs. Mantashe are currently in isolation and the Minister will continue to work from home.’ The Presidency noted in a statement.
Both the MInister and his wife are in isolation at the comfort of their home where he will continue with his duties as a minister.
‘The Minister remains committed to a course of ensuring the security of energy and petroleum products supply to society during this difficult period and beyond.’
The Minister directed all the members of his private office in the government to urgently test.
The Presidency, ‘wishes Minister and Mrs. Mantashe a speedy recovery, we extend the same well wishes to the thousands of South Africans and their families who are also battling coronavirus.’
‘To defeat this virus, we must all continue playing our part in observing the WHO protocols of washing hands regularly, wearing a mask, and practicing physical distancing.’ Concluded The Presidency.
Coronavirus disease now popularly referred to as (COVID-19), the CO stands for Corona, VI stands for Virus, and D stands for the disease. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is also called 2019-nCov.
COVID-19 has flu-like symptoms and some experience mild to moderate symptoms. However, some people can recover without any special treatment.
The Spread of COVID-19
COVID-19 is spread through droplets (from sneezing, coughing, and exhaling). These droplets can be found on surfaces and/or the floor. The virus is easily transmitted through close proximity to someone who has been infected with COVID-19.
You can get infected by touching contaminated surfaces through your eyes, nose, and/or mouth.
The Symptoms of COVID-19
Our immune systems differ individually as with health status, hence the virus affects people differently. Most people have recovered without hospitalization whereas some develop mild to moderate symptoms.
The most common symptoms are flu, dry cough, and tiredness. In some instances, you may feel pains, sore throat, diarrhea, headache, conjunctivitis, loss of taste or smell, and/or rash on the skin, discoloration of fingers or toes.
Serious symptoms include difficulty in breathing, chest pains, and loss of speech and/or movement.
- Those with serious symptoms are advised to seek immediate medical care
- Those with mild symptoms are advised to manage the symptoms at home.
Once infected, it may take you five (5) to six (6) days to start showing symptoms, however, it can take up to 14 days.
To stop and prevent the spread of COVID-19 you are required to the following
- Wash your hands with soap and water as often as possible and utilize the alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Please follow South African Regulations and stay home to curb the spread of the virus.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and/or mouth.
- Practice social distancing
- The South African Emergency Hotline is 0800 029 999
- The WhatsApp Support Line is 0600-123456
- Please seek quick medical attention if you having difficulty breathing, and please make a call in advance.
Taking care of yourself
Currently, vaccines for COVID-19 in development add up to 118. There isn’t one available or medicine for COVID-19. Each is still to undergo three phases of clinical trials.
Stay home as required and when you feel sick, please rest and drink a lot of water and your plate should be nutritious.
Should you develop symptoms please stay in separate rooms at home. Disinfect surfaces as frequently as possible. Now that South Africa is on level three, you are allowed to exercise any time of the time – but use this opportunity and stay healthy.
Keep in touch with people you love and trust such as your close friends, and family online. Love and Care for your kids.
When you feel stressed, sad, or very confused, it is normal as this epidemic is handled differently by each person emotionally – you are advised to talk a health work or counsellor if you are overwhelmed.
- Learn more about the COVID-19 on who.int
- Visit sacoronavirus.co.za for more information (South African Health Department)
- Google.com COVID-19 info
South African COVID-19 Information Portal
iBusiness on COVID-19