President Cyril Ramaphosa goes into Covid-19 self-quarantine

Covid-19: Ramaphosa in self-quarantine
Written by Kalay Nair

The president came into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. He is not displaying any symptoms and will continue his duties in quarantine.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has gone into self-quarantine after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Presidency said in a statement that Ramaphosa attended a fundraising dinner held by the Adopt a School Foundation at a Johannesburg hotel last Friday.

“The Foundation became aware of this development and communicated this to guests yesterday (Tuesday), hours after the President had performed the unveiling of a statue of liberation icon OR Tambo and the official opening of a new Radisson hotel and convention centre in Ekurhuleni in the morning,” reads the statement.

Covid-19: Ramaphosa in self-quarantine

President Ramaphosa at an event before going into self-quarantine. (Elmond Jiyane/GCIS)

Ramaphosa has not displayed any coronavirus symptoms. The Military Health Service is regularly screening the president, and he will be tested if he shows symptoms.

Thirty five people attended the dinner, and they were the only people the hotel hosted under stringent Covid-19 rules, the statement says. All guests, including the president, only removed their masks when eating. The president also removed his mask during his address at the event. The president also undergoes screenings at all events he attends, the statement said.

Ramaphosa will perform his duties remotely while in quarantine. He has wished the guest who tested positive for Covid-19 a speedy recovery. – Health-e News

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