Statistician-General tests positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Media release                                                                                              11 June 2021

Statistician-General tests positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Statistician-General of South Africa, Mr Risenga Maluleke, has tested positive for COVID-19. He is experiencing mild symptoms and is recuperating at home.

Following the COVID-19 regulations, all close contacts of the Statistician-General are being informed and advised to quarantine.

The SG urges all South Africans to continue complying with COVID-19 prevention protocols, social distancing, washing and sanitising of hands, and avoiding large crowds and gathering. “You need to do all you can to not become one of the statistics in the rising numbers of COVID cases that are being reported,” he said.

“I am requesting that we all make every effort to ensure that the older members of our society are assisted to register on the vaccine system. It is only by working together that we will be able to beat this virus.”

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Issued by Statistics South Africa