Gauteng premier tests positive for Covid-19

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:

On Friday, South Africa recorded its highest-ever single-day increase in Covid-19 cases.