Information Minister and chief government spokesperson, Dora Siliya, confirmed testing positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. In a video posted on Twitter, she said she had gone into immediate self-isolation despite being asymptomatic.
“I have since alerted the ministry of health and I have given them all my contacts especially in the last 10 days,” she added. “Let us continue to observe social distancing, masking and washing our hands regularly,” she advised.
The World Health Organization’s Africa head reacting to the news today congratulated the Minister for being open about her status and wished her speedy recovery.
Over in South Sudan, the first vice-president and a number of ministers had earlier this week tested positive for the virus. Over in Nigeria three state governors have recovered from the virus – those in question are governors of Oyo, Kaduna and Bauchi.
More than 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Africa.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Africa said the virus has now spread to every country since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed on the continent more than three months ago.
Officials said case numbers have not grown at the same exponential rate as in other regions and the continent has not experienced the high mortality rate as seen in some parts of the world.