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Premier Tests Positive For Covid-19


The Premier of the Western Cape, and one of the country's high profile politicians battling the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa, has now himself tested positive for the virus. This is a concern as he is in a high risk group for Covid-19.


The Western Cape has been the centre of the fight against Covid-19 for the last two months and now the Province's leader, who has been leading the fight from the front, has tested positive for the virus.

Alan Winde has confirmed to the media that he has tested positive for Covid-19 after first experiencing symptoms over the weekend. As he is over 55 he was in a group that is routinely tested when they experience symptoms. Winde is also in a high risk group as he is a type-2 diabetic.  This is one of the co-mobordities that can lead to a more severe outcome for those who are infected with Covid-19.

At the moment Winde is self-isolating at home.

As the Province's Premier he has been very active over the last few months, leading the battle against the pandemic in the province. Approximately 72 808 cases have been confirmed in the province since testing begin and more than 53 000 people have recovered. There have unfortunately 2177 deaths from Covid-19 reported in the Western Cape.

The Premier posted this message on his Facebook page:

I received a positive test result for Covid-19 this morning, and I am in self-isolation at home for 14 days.

On Sunday, I started to develop mild flu-like symptoms. As I am Diabetic (type 2) and over 55 years of age, I know I am at a higher risk of developing a more serious illness. I therefore went to be tested to determine the cause of the symptoms on Monday.

I have stayed at home as soon as I started feeling sick and can confirm that I am only experiencing mild symptoms. It feels like I have a cold.
However, given my risk category I will be carefully monitoring my health to make sure that any change is picked up quickly.

Click here to read the Premier's Full Message




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