The outstanding South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza has confirmed overnight that she is in hospital for the fourth day with a diagnosis of Covid-19. She was admitted to hospital with ‘stomach pain, a constant feeling of dizziness ,vomiting, temperature a bit high, feeling cold but sweating, painful when breathing deep,weak joints and general fatigue’.
Pumeza, 41, sang Porgy and Bess last season in Vienna, Rusalka in Düsseldorf and Boheme in Dallas. She has released two recordings on Decca and is based in Berlin. She went to South Africa in March for concert dates.
She posts: Thank you for all your good health wishes! Really much appreciated! I’d like to answer you all but I’m too tired to write.
I tested positive for corona. I need to stay in hospital a bit longer than I expected.
UPDATE: July 07, 1830: My white blood cell count plummeted and the liver enzymes shot up the roof in just a few days.At least now they aren’t getting worse.I’m having daily blood tests to monitor this and find other possible causes.
Apart from that, I’m permanently dizzy ( much better after some medication through the drip) but the exhaustion is worse today than it’s been,it’s like a bus drove over me.
Only today, I have pain when swallowing! Breathing and temperature are back to normal.
I feel I‘ll pull through..