Article by: Emma Clayfield
Breaking News: SAFTU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has announced this morning that he has tested positive for Covid-19.
Vavi relayed to the public that he had shown no signs or symptoms of the virus until last week Friday on March 27 2020 and the flu like symptoms continued into an aggravated state during the course of the weekend. After having tests conducted he states that in the past few days he started recovering and feeling absolutely fine and had not anticipated the call he received to inform him that his results had come back positive and that he needs to self isolate.
Given the lack of travel history, this constitutes Vavi as a case of local transmission as he has no International travel history in recent days since the announcement of the outbreak. He also went on to mention that his last meeting was two days prior to the initiation of the official lockdown date as set out by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his address to the nation.
Initially Zweli was asymptomatic and his vitals were normal and did not show any signs of a fever but he had insisted to his healthcare provider that all test be conducted, including but not limited to the Coronavirus test. This being to the fact that his flu was rather progressive regardless of the lack of Covid-19 symptoms that we are advised to look out for globally.
In an interview with eNCA Zwelinzima Vavi laid out his undertstang of the virus and how he had possibly contracted it.
Vavi has made it clear that he is failing to discern where he could have contracted the virus or trace any person he made contact with, who has been confirmed to be a Covid-19 positive case. He pleads with those who may have had physical contact with him recently to please get tested and resume with the process of self isolation and treatment.
Vavi advises South Africans to take this pandemic serious and to tread with caution, to keep a safe distance and comply with the lockdown rules that have been set out by President Cyril Ramaphosa for the next 21 days.