Ivory Coast’s Defense Minister Hamed Bakayoko said he has tested positive for coronavirus.
The minister made the announcement on Monday 7th April 2020, saying he was in isolation although he had not exhibited symptoms of the disease.
“I was declared positive for the COVID-19 test following a sample taken yesterday Sunday,” Bakayoko wrote on Facebook.
”This is an opportunity for me to remind all of our fellow citizens that coronavirus is a real disease that is spreading quickly,” Bakayoko tweeted late Monday.
He also called on Ivorians to observe all protective measures.
”Take care of yourself,” Bakayoko said.
The West African nation has 323 confirmed COVID-19 cases so far, with three deaths and 41 recoveries.
The government has imposed a lockdown in the main city of Abidjan and enforced a nationwide curfew from 21:00 to 05:00 local time.
On Saturday, health officials urged people to wear face masks to try to slow the spread of the virus.
This comes at a time when Protesters in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, Abidjan, destroyed a coronavirus centre that was being built in the district of Yopougon.
Residents said it was being built in a crowded residential area, too close to their homes.
Videos on social media showed people tearing apart the centre with their bare hands, smashing construction materials on the ground.
Some appeared to be hurling metal poles into a truck.
Since originating in Wuhan, China last December, the virus has spread to at least 184 countries and regions, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.