World Food Program chief and former Governor of South Carolina David Beasley tested positive for the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, he announced Friday.

“I want you to be among the first to know that in the past few hours I have received confirmation, after testing, that I have the COVID-19 virus,” said Beasley, the executive director of the UN World Food Program, in a statement.

“So far, my symptoms have been relatively light, and I am in good spirits. I am lucky to be close to my family and I have access to excellent medical support,” he added.

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