Late Saturday Zambia’s information minister announced on Twitter that she has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
“I regret to announce that even after taking all precautions as much as possible, I did test positive for COVID-19,” said Dora Siliya.
Siliya added she is asymptomatic and feels well at the moment but has gone into self-isolation.
“I have since alerted the Ministry of Health and I have given them all my contacts especially in the last 10 days,” she said.
Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) regional head for Africa, commended Siliya for sharing important information on COVID-19 risk and prevention measures.
“Such candor is vital to fighting stigma around the virus. I wish you a speedy recovery,” Moeti wrote on Twitter Sunday.
The total number of cases in Zambia is 920, and seven deaths have been reported, while 336 people have recovered.