Faizel Patel – 28/10/2020
The Presidency has announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa is in self-quarantine after a guest at a dinner the president attended on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement, the Presidency says Ramaphosa is showing no symptoms at this time and will, in line with COVID-19 health advice, be tested should symptoms become clear, the statement read.
Ramaphosa attended a fundraising dinner of the Adopt-a-School Foundation, which is a partner entity of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation.
The Presidency says the event hosted 35 guests at a Johannesburg hotel, where the foundation’s guests were the only people hosted by the establishment.
“The event adhered stringently to COVID-19 protocols and directives on screening, social distancing and the wearing of masks. As was the case with all guests, the President himself removed his mask only when dining and addressing the guests.”
The Adopt-a-School foundation advised the guests on Tuesday that one of the attendees showed symptoms of the coronavirus on Sunday, and was tested on Monday – They received their results on Tuesday.
The Presidency says Ramaphosa was notified after the unveiling of a statue OR Tambo and the official opening of a new Radisson hotel and convention centre in Ekurhuleni on Tuesday.
“The President is screened regularly by the South African Military Health Service and subjects himself to screening at venues where he participates in engagements.”
Ramaphosa sent well wishes for the the guest, who is receiving medical attention, a safe and speedy recovery, and wishes other guests good health.
The Presidency says Ramaphosa will perform his duties remotely and will observe the guidelines that apply to self-quarantine.