Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel is the latest member of the executive to test positive for the deadly Covid-19.

EBRAHIM Patel, the Minister of Trade and Industry, has tested positive for COVID-19 after he received his results on Saturday, according to Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams.

Williams said this was Patel’s second test to be conducted since the outbreak of the coronavirus.

“Minister Patel is in good spirits and is in self-quarantine, and will continue to work from home. Those that have been in contact with the Minister are also in self-isolation and have been encouraged to get tested,” Williams said.

“The minister remains committed to preparing South Africa for the post-COVID world, strengthening efforts around reconstruction and recovery,” she added.

Cabinet wished Patel a speedy recovery.

“As we wish the minister a speedy recovery, we extend the same well wishes to the thousands of South Africans and their families who are also battling coronavirus,” said Williams.

“To defeat this virus, we must all continue playing our part in observing all health protocols of washing our hands regularly, properly wearing a mask when in public and practicing physical distancing.”

(Compiled by Inside Politics staff)

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