South African mines minister, Gwede Mantashe, and his wife Nolwandle Mantashe have tested positive for COVID.
According to a statement released by the South African government, the couple is in isolation and the minister, who received his results earlier on Tuesday, will continue to work from home.
The statement added that this was the minister’s third round of tests since the outbreak of this virus.
“Mantashe remained committed to a course of ensuring the security of energy and petroleum products supply to society during this difficult period and beyond, ” reads part of the statement.
According to the Minerals Council South Africa, the country has reported 287,796 positive cases of COVID-19 of which some 4,172 are fatalities.
In the mining sector specifically, 4708 positive cases have been reported and 37 deaths with the most fatalities occurring in the platinum sector (21) followed by gold (11) and coal where some three people have died from the disease.