Trade Minister Patel tests positive for COVID-19

Trade Minister Ebrahim Patel on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19.

Trade Minister Ebrahim Patel on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19.

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JOHANNESBURG - Trade Minister Ebrahim Patel is has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Presidency says the minister is in good spirits in self-quarantine.

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He'll continue to work from home.

Cabinet spokeswoman Phumla Williams said in a statement Patel received his results on Saturday.

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"Those that have been in contact with the Minister are also in self-isolation and have been encouraged to get tested," she said.

Patel joins a number of senior South African political officials, including Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi, who have contracted the coronavirus.

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