Ramaphosa Tests Positive For Covid-19

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On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive for Covid-19. This could see a new man in charge for the coming days.


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On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive for Covid-19. This could see a new president in charge for the coming days.

It has been confirmed that South Africa’s deputy president, David Mabuza, will take over President Ramaphosa’s responsibilities while he recovers from the virus.

Minister of the Presidency Mondli Gungubele revealed that Ramaphosa tested positive for the virus after attending the State Memorial Service of Former Deputy President FW De Klerk.

“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.” concluded Gungubele.

The Minister also revealed that the president repeatedly tested negative for the virus during his West African visit to Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Senegal.

Gungubele said, “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”.

Last week Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla revealed that 70% of people who were admitted to hospital with Covid-19 related sickness are unvaccinated. The minister also said the early data suggested that vaccines are still providing a good level of protection against the newly-discovered Omicron variant.

In the last 24 hour cycle, 10 602 doses of Covid-19 vaccines were administered in South Africa. This saw the total now of jabs administered in the country rise to more than 27 million. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID) revealed that 18 035 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the country.

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