COVID-19: Ramaphosa in self-quarantine

President Cyril Ramaphosa.

File: President Cyril Ramaphosa.


JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa is in self-quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19.

A guest at a dinner attended by the president on Saturday evening tested positive on Tuesday.

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Thirty-five people attended the fundraising event.

The guest showed symptoms on Sunday and tested on Monday.

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The result only became known Tuesday, but the president had since unveiled the OR Tambo statue and attended the opening of a hotel.

The presidency says Ramaphosa is not showing any symptoms.

In the meantime, he will continue working remotely.

(Extract) statement from the Presidency

"On Saturday, 24 October, the President 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.

The Adopt-a-School Foundation advised dinner guests yesterday, Tuesday, 27 October, 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.

The President 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."