Evangelist Angus Buchan has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. He made the announcement via Instagram on Thursday afternoon.

Buchan lead a mass prayer meeting earlier this month at the Divine Restoration Ministries in Bloemfontein where five international guests had tested positive for the virus. ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe also attended this service and announced that he would get tested. He’s yet to announce his results.

Buchan says while he tested positive – he has no symptoms and is in good health. He and his wife, Jill who also tested positive – took the test at the weekend. They’re are now calling for all those who’ve been in contact with them over the last two weeks to self-quarantine and monitor if they develop any symptoms of the virus.

The ACDP leader has not revealed his results however President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative. He undertook the test after being in contact with Meshoe.

Meanwhile, a second church in Bloemfontein has called on all congregants who attended a mass prayer meeting on March 16 to report for coronavirus testing and screening. Through a Facebook post – the Eagle Christian Church Restoration Centre says one of the attendees has tested positive for COVID-19.

It’s uncertain how many people attended this prayer service and how many had contact with the positive case.

Meanwhile, the South African Christian Ministers’ Council (SACMC) in the North West has reiterated a call for social distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The organisation said at a media briefing in Mahikeng that it is worried by people not taking the necessary precautions. The chairperson of the SACMC, Kagiso Letlape says they support the Nationwide Lockdown as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“We urge our people about the issue of social distancing. It is important. Let’s adhere to that, especially those queues, even at the banks. I have seen at the ATM there are queues and there is no social distancing, it’s not observed.”