COVID-19: President Ramaphosa tests positive amid full vaccination status


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President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has tested positive for COVID-19 amid being fully vaccinated.

A statement on Sunday by the presidency, says he is receiving treatment for mild symptoms.

According to the statement, the South African president, who is fully vaccinated, started feeling unwell after leaving a state memorial service for former deputy president F W de Klerk in Cape Town earlier on Sunday.

Noting that the president is in good spirits and being monitored by doctors, the statement said he would remain in self-isolation in Cape Town for the time being, adding that he had delegated all responsibilities to Deputy President David Mabuza for the next week.

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The statement said, “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.”

Ramaphosa was quoted saying his infection should be a warning to all citizens of South Africa on the importance of getting vaccinated and remaining vigilant against exposure.

The statement said, “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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