President Ramaphosa in self-quarantine after contact with positive guest

Published Oct 28, 2020


CAPE TOWN- President Cyril Ramaphosa has begun a period of self-quarantine following the positive Covid-19 diagnosis of a guest at a dinner he attended over the weekend.

The presidency said in a statement on Wednesday that Ramaphosa is currently not showing symptoms and will, in line with Covid-19 health advice, be tested should symptoms manifest.

On Saturday the President attended a fundraising dinner of the Adopt-a-School Foundation, which is a partner entity of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation. One of the 35 guests who attended the event in Johannesburg tested positive for coronavirus.

The President has wished the guest, who is receiving medical attention, a safe and speedy recovery.

The Adopt-a-School Foundation advised dinner guests yesterday, that a guest had shown symptoms on Sunday and had been tested on Monday before receiving a positive result yesterday.

The Foundation became aware of this development and communicated this to guests yesterday, hours after the President had performed the unveiling of a statue of liberation icon OR Tambo and the official opening of a new Radisson hotel and convention centre in Ekurhuleni in the morning.

At the same time, the President has also addressed rumors that the country might face a stricter lockdown.

“In the coming days, possibly next week, I will be able to address the people of South Africa about what we now need to do in the light of what we are going through,” he said.

“I don’t want to be alarmist. The rumors that we are going to level 3 is simply not true. If we ever get there, I will be the one to advise the nation where we are, and where we are going to.”

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