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Three Premiers Now Positive For Covid-19


Three Premiers in South Africa have now tested positive, the latest being Gauteng's Premier. Does it show that going out and meeting people makes you more at risk and staying at home is actually good advice? 


Reports have arrived Gauteng's Premier, David Makhura, is the latest Premier to have tested positive for the coronavirus. Currently, two other Premiers, Western Cape's Alan Winde and North West's Job Mokgoro, are positive for Covid-19 as well.

Gauteng's Premier will be in self-isolation for the next 14 days. This news comes as Gauteng becomes the province with the most Covid cases. As of 9 July, Gauteng confirmed a total of 81,546 cases and a death toll of 515. 

Makhura stated, “Given the fact that I only have mild symptoms, I will continue to ensure that the Provincial Executive Council and Provincial Coronavirus Command Council respond adequately to weather the storm of the pandemic in order to save more lives".

Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, posted on his Twitter page, "I am sending my wishes for a speedy recovery to Premiers David Makhura of Gauteng and Job Mokgoro of North West province. I hope you are both safe and well during this time." Winde announced that he was Covid positive on 8 July. 

Winde  is over 55 and is high-risk as he is a type-2 diabetic. Winde is currently self-isolating at home. He has said, "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."

North West Premier Job Mokgoro's positive result was announced on Tuesday 7 July. He took the test on Monday and received his results on Tuesday, confirming that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and is now under self-isolation.

It was reported that Mokgoro could still carry out his duties as Premier as he only had a cough as it was stated, "The premier will therefore continue to discharge his duties albeit remotely and has instructed members of the premier’s support staff who have worked with him closely in the last two weeks to test while taking the necessary precautions". 

Seven government officials in Ekurhuleni have also tested positive as well as North West's MEC for Public Works, Oagile Saliva Molapisi. 

Does it show that going out and meeting people makes you more at risk and staying at home is actually good advice? Let us know what you think in the comments!




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