South African politicians test positive for COVID-19

‘We must test’ – so EFF leader Julius Malema responded to the news of ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe testing positive for the coronavirus on Friday.

The leader of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) in South Africa and his whip tested positive for the coronavirus, the party said late Friday.

The Reverend Kenneth Meshoe and Steve Swart attended a prayer breakfast earlier this month in Free State province where they were in contact with five international visitors.

The visitors from the U.S, Israel and France later tested for the virus after feeling sick.

“The results of these tests were made known on 19-20 March, with the five visitors testing positive for COVID-19,” ACDP said.

According to health officials several people who attended the prayer also tested positive for the virus.

The party said the leaders have since been self-isolating.

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa stands at 1,170 according to a statement Friday by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

He said there was an increase of 243 cases overnight. South Africa recorded its first death Friday from COVID-19.

In a similar development, South African president  Cyril Ramaphosa submitted for testing as a precautionary measure upon the advice of his physicians on Tuesday and received his results on Wednesday night.

In a statement released on Thursday morning, the Presidency said Ramaphosa had a rigorous public engagement schedule; and has, during the course of the last few weeks, held numerous meetings with a wide cross-section of people from all walks of life.

The Presidency said it had deemed it necessary to make the test results public to reassure the nation that the president was in good health and continued with his duties.

After emerging in Wuhan, China last December, the virus has spread to at least 175 countries and regions.

The number of confirmed cases worldwide has now surpassed 593,000, while the death toll is above 27,000 but greater than 130,000 have recovered, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

Despite the rising number of cases, most who contract the virus suffer mild symptoms before making a recovery.


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