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JOHANNESBURG – Netball South Africa (NSA) president Cecilia Molokwane has become the second high profile sportsperson to test positive for COVID-19.

Retired SA Olympic swimmer Cameron van der Burgh was the first sports personality to test positive a fortnight ago.

Netball SA on Tuesday confirmed Molokwane had tested positive after her recent business travels between the United Kingdom and Scotland on 2023 World Cup business. South Africa has 554 COVID-19 cases, the highest in Africa, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“Molokwane had travelled to the United Kingdom for meetings with the International Netball Federation where she serves as a board member in March‚” NSA said in a statement.

Molokwane found out she was positive on Tuesday morning.

“I did these tests following my return from the UK where I was in March. I would also like to mention that when we returned from the UK‚ we were screened at the airport [OR Tambo] and everything went well.

“I would like to take this moment to alert the general public that I am currently in quarantine and taking all the necessary precautions to make sure that I recover fully from the virus.

“I am not showing any symptoms however I will still take precautions to protect everyone around me and myself‚” added Molokwane.

She called on South Africans to take all necessary precautions including washing their hands with soap or sanitiser for at least 20 seconds and keeping the required two metre social distance. “This virus is real, and we need to treat it as such. If you test positive please make sure that you quarantine for the required 14 days.”

Netball SA is urging the general public not to panic as they are doing everything to safeguard and protecting the lives of others. The federation’s offices will remain closed until the 17th of April 2020.

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