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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tests positive to COVID-19.

Sunday, 12th December, 2021

President Cyril Ramaphosa is receiving treatment for mild COVID-19 symptoms after testing positive for the viral infection today, Sunday, 12 December 2021, Mondli Gungubele, the Minister in the Presidency said in a statement released on Sunday.

The Minister said the President started feeling unwell after leaving the State Memorial Service in honour of former Deputy President FW de Klerk in Cape Town earlier on Sunday.

“The President is in good spirits but is being monitored by the South African Military Health Service of the South African National Defence Force.The President, who is fully vaccinated, is in self-isolation in Cape Town and has delegated all responsibilities to Deputy President David Mabuza for the next week”, read the statement from the office of the President.
The Minister said 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.
 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.
 People who have had contact with the President today are advised to watch for symptoms or to have themselves tested”, reads the statement in part.



South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tests positive to COVID-19.
President Cyril Ramaphosa(pic: The Presidency).