The postmortem results are yet to determine whether the death was related to Covid. Later the same day, at the port of Gqeberha, at least 16 crew members from two vessels tested positive for the disease.
Mkhize said the government was on “high alert” for traces of the B.1.617 variant, but leading scientists and health experts said that according to current data the South African B.1.351 variant could be seen as more aggressive.
On Thursday Mkhize said the sequencing of one traveller’s results had been completed and it turned out to be the B.1.351 variant, the one that is circulating in SA.
“This tells us that one cannot assume that a traveller carries any particular variant and this is why we insist on being guided by the science,” he said.
The co-chair of the ministerial advisory committee, professor Koleka Mlisana, told the Sunday Times that sequencing to determine whether the B.1.617 variant is in SA will be complete this week and the information made public.