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Ramaphosa in quarantine after contact with Covid-19 positive guest


28 October 2020

Politics Correspondent/PretoriaLIVE

PRETORIA – The Presidency on Wednesday said President Cyril Ramaphosa will now perform his duties remotely, observing the guidelines that apply to Covid-19 self-quarantine.

Acting Presidency spokesperson Tyrone Seale said Ramaphosa has begun a period of self quarantine after a guest at an event he attended over the weekend tested positive for Covid-19.

“President Cyril Ramaphosa has begun a period of self-quarantine following the positive COVID-19 diagnosis of a guest at a dinner attended by the President on Saturday, 24 October 2020. The president wishes the guest, who is receiving medical attention, a safe and speedy recovery, and wishes other guests good health,” said Seale.

On Saturday Ramaphosa attended a fundraising dinner of the Adopt-a-School Foundation, which is a partner entity of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation.

“The event for 35 guests was held at a Johannesburg hotel where Foundation 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,” said Seale.

He said the Adopt-a-School Foundation advised the dinner guests on Tuesday 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,” said Seale.

He added Ramaphosa is screened regularly by the South African Military Health Service and subjects himself to screening at venues where he participates in engagements.

“The president is showing no symptoms at this time and will, in line with COVID-19 health advice, be tested should symptoms manifest,” said Seale.

On Tuesday, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is now at 717 851, with 1 092 new cases identified since the last report.

Mkhize said there were 45 more Covid-19-related deaths: 10 in the Eastern Cape, 4 in Gauteng, 12 in the Free State, 5 in KwaZulu-Natal, 3 in Mpumalanga, and 11 in the Western Cape.

This brings the total number of deaths to 19 053. The number of recoveries now stand at 647 833, which translates to a recovery rate of 90 percent.