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COVID-19: South African President tests positive


COVID-19: South African President tests positive

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has tested positive for COVID-19, local news platform report.

According to the report, Ramaphosa felt unwell and was exhibiting mild symptoms on Sunday December 12, after leaving a memorial service for FW de Klerk, the former South African deputy president, in Cape Town.

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South African presidency stated that Ramaphosa is “in good spirits” and is being monitored by doctors. Though he is fully vaccinated, he is expected to remain in self-isolation and has assigned his responsibilities to David Mabuza, the deputy president.

The statement added;
“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.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari received the South African president on December 1 at the presidential villa in Abuja. This was also same day Nigeria reported three cases of the Omicron COVID variant.

However, Ramaphosa and his delegation were tested for COVID-19 after returning from a four-country visit to West Africa and it came out negative.

COVID-19: South African President tests positive

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