BREAKING: One of Tanzania’s most popular rappers Mwana FA tests positive for coronavirus after trip to South Africa

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One of Tanzania’s most popular rappers, Mwana FA, has tested positive for coronavirus after returning from South Africa.

Mwana FA, whose real name is Khamis Mwinjuma, said on Instagram he started developing symptoms of the coronavirus after returning from South Africa, and later tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

“I’ve decided to record this video message to tell you that this disease is real!” Mwana FA said to his 3.3 million followers in Swahili language.

He called on his followers to practice social distancing, practice hygiene etiquettes and not panic.

“Let’s take care of each other,” he concluded.

The BBC reported that “the manager of Diamond Platinumz, another one of Tanzania’s big music stars, has also revealed that he has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Known as Sallam, he assured his one million followers on Instagram that he was doing well. “Be safe everyone out there. This too will pass,” he said, according to the BBC.

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