Ramaphosa tests negative for coronavirus

File: President Cyril Ramaphosa.

File: President Cyril Ramaphosa.


PRETORIA - President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for coronavirus.

The Presidency said Ramaphosa submitted for testing as a precautionary measure upon the advice of his doctors on Tuesday and received his results on Wednesday night.

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The Presidency further stated that it deemed it necessary to make the test results public to reassure the nation that the president is in good health and continues with his duties.

South Africa has recorded 709 COVID-19 cases to date.

On Monday, Ramamphosa announced that the country will go into a 21-day lockdown as of Thursday midnight in a bid to fight the spread of the virus.