Herman Cain admitted to hospital with COVID-19 after going mask-free at Trump's Tulsa rally
Herman Cain attends Trump rally in Tulsa (Twitter/screen grab)

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has tested positive for COVID-19 after attending President Donald Trump's recent Tulsa rally.

In a statement on Thursday, a spokesperson for Cain said that he had been admitted to an Atlanta-area hospital.

"By Wednesday's, July 1, Mr. Cain had developed symptoms serious enough that he required hospitalization," the statement explained.

Cain was said to not be in need of a ventilator at this time.

Less than two weeks earlier, Cain was seen attending Trump's Tulsa rally without wearing a mask.

It was not immediately clear if others had been told to self-quarantine due to contact with Cain.