South African rapper, AKA, real name Kiernan Forbes, has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a press release on his Instagram page, the rapper said that he had decided to come clean with his results to spread awareness of the disease.
“Multi-Award winning South African musician, AKA has tested positive for the novel COVID-19 virus,” the press release begins, “In an attempt to create awareness around the virus and to caution citizens to be more careful in their daily interactions with others, AKA has chosen to make his results public.”
So far, COVID-19 has infected over 250,000 people in South Africa.
AKA’s plea to SA public
The rapper, consequently, went on to plead with South Africans to adhere to the directives in place meant to curb the spread of the virus.
“AKA pleads for everyone to adhere to social distancing guidelines, to wear masks and to hold stringent hygiene measures by frequently sanitizing and washing our hands.”
Well known in Africa
AKA is one of the biggest artists to come out of South Africa. His influence has spread widely across the continent, making him an instantly recognizable figure across many countries in Africa.
Indeed, COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been rising fast. In fact, it has been soaring, with the country reporting over 100,000 new cases in just two weeks.
For comparison, it took three months for the country to reach 100,000 since the first case.
The figure of infections in South Africa stands at 264, 184. Furthermore, the country has also posted a record number of new infections. It recorded over 13,000 in 24 hours in their latest data.
South Africa is now tenth in the number of confirmed infections worldwide.
Indeed, after a period of slow rise, Africa is now waking up to the reality of COVID-19 infections.
The number of cases in the continent has already crossed 500,000 and is rising fast.