David Mabuza tests negative for Covid-19 after a close encounter

David Mabuza tests negative for Covid-19 after a close encounter

Deputy president David Mabuza during the swearing in of the new Presidential Cabinet at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria, 30 May 2019. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Noting the apparent interest of the public in the status of Deputy President David Mabuza, the SANDF and the Office of the Deputy President announced that he had tested negative for Covid-19.

“Deputy President Mabuza has this past week on 24 March 2019, which commemorates the World TB Day, in a meeting with Traditional Leaders called on them and all South Africans to test should they experience symptoms associated with this novel virus. This includes instances where they may have recently travelled to an area with ongoing spread of the virus, or if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.

“Deputy President Mabuza made this call having himself as a precautionary measure, tested on the advice of his physicians for having been in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.

“The Deputy President continues to take necessary precautions during this testing time, where the world and our country is doing all that is necessary to flatten the curve as we tackle this pandemic.”

Mabuza urged South Africans to adhere to the regulations that had been prescribed by health experts as well as lockdown regulations.

Mabuza said: “It is incumbent on all South Africans to stop the spread of this virus and minimise further the disruption this virus has caused to all of us. We must stand united as a nation as we confront this challenge, and are called upon to support all those infected and affected by this pandemic.”

He thanked South Africans for the care and concern they had conveyed to him and his family.

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