President Cyril Ramaphosa has on Sunday tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently received treatment for mild symptoms.
The news was confirmed by the office of the President who said that Head of State started feeling unwell after attending a memorial service of former Deputy President FW de Klerk in Cape Town.
President Cyril Ramaphosa who is monitored by South African Military Health Service has delegated his duties to Vice-President David Mabuza for the period beginning this week.
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“On his recent visit to four West African states, President Ramaphosa and the South African delegation were tested for COVID-19 in all countries.
The President and the delegation returned to South Africa from the Republic of Senegal on Wednesday, 8 December 2021, after obtaining negative test results. The President also tested negative on his return to Johannesburg on 8 December.” Said the Office of the President.
Speaking after the news, the President noted that his condition is a wake up call to all citizens to get vaccinated against the virus to prevent severe illness and hospitalization.
“Today’s proceedings in Cape Town were undertaken in compliance with health regulations pertaining to hand hygiene, the wearing of
face masks and social distancing.
President Ramaphosa says his own infection serves as a caution to all people in the country to be vaccinated and remain vigilant against exposure.
Vaccination remains the best protection against severe illness and hospitalisation.” Said the Office of the President.