President Ramaphosa. (Photo: GCIS)
- President Cyril Ramaphosa has begun a period of
self-quarantine after possibly being exposed to Covid-19.
- A guest at a fundraising dinner that Ramaphosa
attended on Saturday tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday.
- Ramaphosa will be performing his duties remotely
and be closely monitored for symptoms.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has begun a period of
self-quarantine following the positive Covid-19 diagnosis of a guest at a
dinner attended by Ramaphosa on Saturday.
According to acting Presidency spokesperson Tyrone
Seale, Ramaphosa is showing no symptoms at this time and will, in line with
Covid-19 health advice, be tested should symptoms manifest.
Ramaphosa wished the guest, who was receiving
medical attention, a safe and speedy recovery, and wished other guests good
Seale said Ramaphosa attended a fundraising dinner
of the Adopt-a-School Foundation, which is a partner entity of the Cyril
“The event for 35 guests was held at a
Johannesburg hotel where Foundation guests were the only people hosted by the
establishment. The event adhered stringently to Covid-19 protocols and
directives on screening, social distancing and the wearing of masks.
Perform duties remotely
“As was the case with all guests, the
president himself removed his mask only when dining and addressing the guests. The
Adopt-a-School Foundation advised dinner guests [on] Tuesday that a guest had
shown symptoms on Sunday and had been tested on Monday before receiving a
positive result [on Tuesday].
The Foundation became aware of this development and communicated this to guests [on 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.
“The president is screened regularly by the
South African Military Health Service and subjects himself to screening at
venues where he participates in engagements. [He] will perform his duties
remotely and will observe the guidelines that apply to self-quarantine,”
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