Western Cape Premier Alan Winde Tests Positive for COVID-19

One of the most visible public figures in South Africa during the COVID pandemic, and often compared to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for his daily updates, grueling schedule and his positive and realistic outlook during the crisis, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde announced today he has tested positive for the virus and will be in self-quarantine for two weeks.

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Alan Winde and Siya Kolisi helping at the Brackengate Intermediate Care Facility last week.

Winde said he would carry on with his job, and it was business as usual, except he would be doing it from home.

“I received a positive test result for Covid-19 this morning,” he said on Twitter, “and I am in self-isolation at home for 14 days. On Sunday, I started to develop mild flu-like symptoms. As I am Diabetic (type 2) & over 55 years of age, I know I am at a higher risk of developing a more serious illness.

“I therefore went to be tested to determine the cause of the symptoms on Monday. 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.

“However, given my risk category I will be carefully monitoring my health to make sure that any change is picked up quickly. I will still be taking all meetings to coordinate our Covid-19 response in the Western Cape.

“The Western Cape has been working around the clock to ready our healthcare system for the increase in cases expected over this time, and we will not let our foot off the pedal. The fight continues.

“Based on medical advice, I am also contacting my previous contacts from three days prior to my first symptoms. This is an important responsibility that we must all undertake when we test positive. ‘Close contacts’ must self-quarantine.”