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Eswatini Prime Minister contracts Covid-19


Eswatini Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini has tested positive for Covid-19.

The prime minister on Sunday said he was self-isolating at home adding that he was asymptomatic and was feeling well.

“I wish to inform the nation that I have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I am asymptomatic and feeling well but in isolation, in line with health protocols, and being supported by the Ministry of Health medical personnel at home,” the minister said in a statement, published by the kingdom’s government on Facebook.

The minister noted that he would continue working from home until he “is cleared from the virus.”

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Dlamini urged his people to follow COVID-19 measures.

“May I take this opportunity to remind Emaswati the importance of adhering to all COVID-19 health guidelines at all times which include washing hands regularly with running water and soap or using a sanitiser, wearing a face mask in public and observing social distancing protocols,” he said.

“Avoid crowded places and ensure to only stay in properly ventilated spaces even when using public transport,” he instructed.

All the prime minister’s close contacts have been tested and are isolating.

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The country on Sunday tested 384 samples out of which two were found to be positive, according to a statement from the health ministry.

The total number of coronavirus cases stands at 6,095 including 119 deaths.