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AKA is the latest celebrity to go public about testing positive for Covid-19 “in order to raise awareness,” he said in a statement on Friday afternoon

The multi award-winning musician pleaded with the South African public to follow social distancing guidelines and to adhere to the government’s rules when it comes to hand washing, mask-wearing and frequent sanitising.

He encouraged fans to get tested as soon as they suspect they may have symptoms.

“As soon as you feel that cough coming on, that headache … weakness in your muscles. Chills at night. Trust me. GO TEST ASAP,” he tweeted on Friday. “There’s places where they do the swab at the back of your throat, not that insane up your nose one. Do it so you can know what you dealing with.”

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Breaking the stigma of Covid-19

In order to break the stigma around the virus, AKA said he would share his journey of recovery with the public.

“I’m looking forward to de-stigmatising this whole thing. It seems like people only sit up and pay attention when it happens to public figures or those close to them. Unfortunately at some point, we are ALL going to catch it.”

While he’s in self-isolation, AKA says he will be as transparent as possible about his journey with Covid-19.

On Friday he said he was “Feeling strong and quite upbeat actually. Let’s see how the next week unfolds. Stay tuned.”

While some fans expressed their concerns, and wished the singer well, others said that his public announcement was just a ploy to gain attention.

Some accused him of being a ‘government agent’ saying he’s being used by the ANC:

Others advised him to make use of traditional medicine to help beat Covid-19:

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