All 18 cabinet ministers in Swaziland (eSwatini) have been ordered into isolation after one of them tested positive for coronavirus.
Public Works and Transport minister Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe was found to be infected after a routine test of all cabinet ministers on Tuesday 30 June 2020).
The AFP news agency reported Swazi Government spokesperson Sabelo Dlamini said in a statement, ‘Following this development, all cabinet members will isolate with immediate effect and work from home.’
All the other cabinet ministers reportedly tested negative. The ministers are expected to continue working and hold virtual meetings.
As of 4 July there had been 13 deaths and 956 reported positive cases in Swaziland.
Back home, three more Ugandan returnees tested positive for COVID-19. Among the positive returnees is one from South Africa and two from DR Congo. A further nine other people including two cross border drivers who arrived from Mutukula and Malaba and 9 contacts from Amuru also tested positive for coronavirus disease from the 2,103 tested on Saturday.
This brings to 939 the number of confirmed Covid19 cases in the country. So far 16 returnees from Afghanistan, DR Congo, India and South Africa have tested positive for coronavirus.
Meanwhile, in Kenya, Three hundred and nine more people contracted the coronavirus, the Health ministry announced on Sunday, raising Kenya’s total number of cases to 7,886.
The country recently been reporting hundreds of cases of the virus every day, with health officials saying the public’s bad behavior is to blame.