DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 06: Minister of Health, Dr. Zweli Mkhize visits Clairwood Hospital ahead of the expected peak in the Province on August 06, 2020, in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images)
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South African Health Minister Tests Positive For COVID-19

South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and his wife tested positive for COVID-19, his office said in a statement late on Sunday.

“I am now in quarantine at home and both my wife and I remain optimistic that we will fully recover from this virus,” Mkhize was quoted as saying in the statement.

The health minister was tested on Saturday after showing mild symptoms.

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa’s worst affected country hit the 700,00 mark on Friday since the first case was diagnosed in March this year.

According to the latest government data on Monday, South Africa has registered a total of 703,793 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 18,471 deaths.

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