Lana Marks, the SA-born handbag designer who is the US ambassador to the country, on Monday revealed that she had contracted Covid-19 and was so ill she spent 10 days in an intensive care unit (ICU).

Marks said she started having symptoms on December 26 and was eventually admitted to hospital a few days later on the advice of the medical team at the embassy. She spent 10 days in ICU and a further three days in the Covid-19 unit of a hospital she didn’t name. She was discharged late last week and is receiving care at home, she said in a statement...

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