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ESwatini's prime minister moved to South African hospital for coronavirus treatment

Prime Minister of Eswatini Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini speaks during the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference 2018 in Katowice, Poland December 3, 2018. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

MBABANE (Reuters) - ESwatini Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini, who tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago, has been transferred to a hospital in neighbouring South Africa for further treatment, the tiny absolute monarchy’s government said on Tuesday.

The country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Themba Masuku, said in a statement Dlamini was moved to “guide and fast track his recovery”.

The southern African nation of around 1.2 million people has so far recorded 6,419 positive cases of the highly infectious respiratory disease, with 122 confirmed deaths, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Reporting by Lunga Masuku; editing by Mfuneko Toyana