Ramaphosa: My COVID-19 infection serves as caution

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER

SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa says his own infection serves as a caution to all people in the country to be vaccinated and remain vigilant against exposure. 

Ramaphosa tested positive for COVID-19, just hours after he had interacted with people and addressed the memorial service of FW De Klerk, apartheid’s last president who died recently.

The SA President has reinforced his message that vaccination remains the best protection against severe illness and hospitalisation.

Ramaphosa’s office has revealed that he is receiving treatment for mild symptoms and asked everyone who had been in contact with him to isolate themselves in line with COVID-19 protocols. This is the second time that the President, who has been vaccinated, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Those in contact with Ramaphosa today include De Klerk’s widow Elita and members of the family as well as the Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba. Members of Ramaphosa’s staff and his security details are also expected to go into isolation.

In a statement, Ramaphosa’s office said:

“President Cyril Ramaphosa is receiving treatment for mild COVID-19 symptoms after testing positive for the viral infection today, Sunday, 12 December 2021. The President started feeling unwell after leaving the State Memorial Service in honour of former Deputy President FW de Klerk in Cape Town earlier today.

“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.

“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.”

The Presidency emphasised that the 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,” the Presidency said.



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