Nairobi, May 24 -- LUSAKA

Zambia's Information Minister Dora Siliya has tested positive for coronavirus, state TV reported Saturday.

Chief government spokesperson was quoted as saying the minister, who was asymptomatic, confirmed her status on testing for the virus.

Ms Siliya has since gone into self-isolation.

Zambia's confirmed cases were approaching one thousand after the country widened its screening and testing. She was the first senior figure to make public her status.

The country had shut its border with Tanzania at Nakonde-Tunduma after recording more than seventy cases on a single day.

The landlocked state of 17 million never went into a lockdown but imposed restrictions which included closing bars, casinos and gyms and schoo...