The premier of Gauteng, the South African province that has become the epicentre of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, has tested positive for Covid-19.
David Makhura said he had been tested for coronavirus after showing symptoms.
Mr Makhura will now self-isolate and work from home for 14 days while monitoring his health as his symptoms are still mild.
He tweeted a full statement urging people to wear masks, wash hands and social distance:
Today, Friday 10 July 2020, I received my test results confirming that I have tested positive for COVID-19.— David Makhura (@David_Makhura) July 10, 2020
I am now in self-isolation, in line with the WHO protocols and will work from home over the next 14 days whilst monitoring my health. pic.twitter.com/GPYgoZvzt9
On Friday, South Africa recorded its highest-ever single-day increase in Covid-19 cases.