MEDIA STATEMENT
To: Editors & Health Journalists
Issued by: Department of Health
Date: Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Health Minister Phaahla tests positive for COVID-19

Pretoria: Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla has today (Tuesday, 19 July 2022) tested  positive for COVID-19 after experiencing minor symptoms.

Minister Phaahla took tests earlier today and the results came back positive, and he immediately self-isolated. He will perform his official duties from home for a period of 7 days, and all his planned contact meetings have been rescheduled, while others converted into virtual.

This is a reminder that the pandemic still remains amongst us and infectious, hence the Department continues to report COVID-19 daily positive cases and deaths. Minister Phaahla has received two doses of J&J COVID-19 vaccine which he believes it has boosted his immunity against the severity of the virus.

The Department would like to remind the public that lifting the COVID-19 restrictions doesn’t mean the pandemic is over, hence vaccination serves remain accessible at all times at selected sites.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Foster Mohale
Director Media Relations
National Health Department
Cell: 072 4323792
Foster.mohale@health.gov.za

Doctor Tshwale
MLO – Health Minister
National Health Department
Cell: 063 657 8487
Doctor.tshwale@health.gov.za