Mbabane: Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini has tested positive for COVID-19 and now in isolation.
He is asymptomatic and is currently in isolation at his home in in line with health protocols.
In a statement issued by Prime Minister himself, he said he will be now working from home until he is cleared from the virus. Dlamini said all his close contacts are being tested and they are also expected to self-isolate themselves and follow all health guidelines.
“I wish to inform the Nation that I have tested positive for COVID-19,”reads the statement.
The Prime Minister is the third politician to test positive for COVID-19 following the Minister of Public Works and Transport Chief Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe who tested positive on or around July 4 and was then put into isolation which has lasted for 15 days. Ndwandwe was reported to be the only Minister to test positive when all Cabinet Ministers were tested for coronavirus during their routine testing.
Ndwandwe followed Manzini North Member of Parliament Macford Sibandze who tested positive in April.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has also announced two new cases which one is presumed as it is the Prime Minister. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country now stands at 6 095.
The number of COVID-19 related deaths now stands at 119.
A total of 5 779 people who contacted the virus have been recuperated.