EP Rugby president Andre Rademan has been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital in Gqeberha after testing positive for Covid-19.
According to Netwerk24, Rademan had been in a normal ward for a few days but had to be moved to the ICU on Tuesday.
On Monday, Rademan's wife Carol wrote on Facebook that he was battling Covid in hospital.
"He is tired, but is fighting Covid with everything in him. The doctor says he will have to stay in for about 10 more days. Please pray for him," she wrote.
On Tuesday afternoon, however, she confirmed her husband had been transferred to the ICU and placed on a ventilator.
It is believed that EP coach Peter de Villiers and 11 of the union's players, who had all tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month, have since improved.
The EP Elephants started their Currie Cup First Division campaign with a 50-29 home loss to the Leopards over the weekend.