President Ramaphosa in quarantine after fellow guest tests positive


President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that he has placed himself after a guest at a dinner he attended tested positive for Covid-19.

On Saturday, Ramaphosa attended a fundraising dinner of the Adopt-a-School Foundation, which partners with the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation.

The event's 35 guests, which was held at a Johannesburg hotel, were the only people in the establishment.

All Covid-19 protocols and directives on screening, social distancing and the wearing of masks were followed at all times.

"As was the case with all guests, the President himself removed his mask only when dining and addressing the guests," said the Presidency.

The other guests were also alerted that a guest had shown symptoms, and had been tested on Monday before receiving a positive result on Tuesday.

Guests were notified only hours after the President unveiled of a statue of liberation icon OR Tambo and officially opened a new Radisson hotel and convention centre in Ekurhuleni in the morning.

In general, Ramaphosa is screened regularly by the South African Military Health Service and continuously subjects himself to screenings when participating in events.

He reportedly isn't showing symptoms at this time and will, in line with Covid-19 health advice, be tested should any symptoms of the virus begin to appear.

All of the President's duties will be performed remotely and while under self-quarantine.

Ramaphosa wished the guest, who is receiving medical attention, a safe and speedy recovery while also wishing other guests good health.


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