RATTLED with the knowledge of having contact with COVID-19 positive patient, South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has gone into self-quarantine after learning that a guest at a charity dinner he attended tested positive for coronavirus.
In a statement released by his office today, acting spokesman Tyrone Seale said the South African president will proceed on self-quarantine to ascertain his status due to the exposure.
“President Cyril Ramaphosa has begun a period of self-quarantine.
“The President is showing no symptoms at this time and will, in line with COVID-19 health advice, be tested should symptoms manifest.” Seale said.
According to his office, Ramaphosa on Saturday attended a fundraising dinner of the Adopt-a-School Foundation.
One of the guests tested positive for coronavirus yesterday, prompting Ramaphosa to go into self-quarantine today.
The president of Southern Africa worst coronavirus-hit nation will perform his duties remotely and will observe the guidelines that apply to self-quarantine, the presidency said.
As of late yesterday, South Africa had recorded 717,851 cases of COVID-19, including 19,053 fatalities.
Daily cases peaked in July, when more than 10,000 new infections were reported on numerous days.
Strict lockdown rules and travel restrictions imposed in March have since been eased.
President Mokgweetsi Masisi of neighboring Botswana has gone into quarantine several times since the pandemic hit Southern Africa in March 2020.
Ramaphosa’s own Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, was reported to have contracted coronavirus last week.