AU chairperson tests negative for COVID-9, still under isolation

Source: Xinhua| 2020-03-28 19:21:44|Editor: huaxia

ADDIS ABABA, March 28 (Xinhua) -- The chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat on Saturday disclosed that he is tested negative for COVID-19 a day after an AU staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

"My COVID19 test results came back negative. I will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days as recommended," the chairperson of the 55-member pan-African bloc disclosed in a twitter post on Saturday.

"Our colleague is in a stable condition. And we pray for their full recovery. Thank you for all your prayers. Let us remain mobilized as Africa's fight has only just begun," Mahamat added.

On late Friday, Mahamat disclosed that "one of my collaborators in my Office at the African Union (AU) Commission has tested positive for COVID-19 and as a precautionary measure, I am under quarantine as are some other collaborators in my office."

The staff member of the AU Commission, who is said to be a 72-year-old male Mauritian, is one of the four latest new confirmed COVID-19 cases that the Ethiopian Ministry of Health announced on Friday.

"Four additional COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, making the total cases 16," the Ethiopian Minister of Health Lia Tadesse said in a statement issued on Friday.