Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo is in self-quarantine after close contact with the French consul general in Cape Town, who has tested positive for Covid-19.

She is the first South African politician to have to take such a step, as the country’s outbreak escalates and local transmission increases. The first confirmed case of Covid-19 was announced by health minister Zweli Mkhize on March 5, and the number had climbed to 116 by Wednesday morning. Initially all the cases were among people who had travelled outside SA, but the first cases of local transmission — which now stand at 14 — were confirmed on Tuesday night...

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