December 9, 2022

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa tests positive for COVID-19

African Union Chair and President of South Africa His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the opening session of the AU and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) virtual conference on Africa's Leadership role in COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Access on June 24
African Union Chair and President of South Africa His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the opening session of the AU and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) virtual conference on Africa's Leadership role in COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Access on June 24

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday and is receiving treatment for mild symptoms, the presidency said in a statement.

Ramaphosa has delegated all responsibilities to Deputy President David Mabuza for the next week.

The presidency said that Ramaphosa started feeling unwell after leaving the State Memorial Service in honor of former Deputy President FW de klerk in Cape Town on Sunday, adding that he is in good spirits and is being monitored by the South African Military Health Service of the South African National Defense Force.

“President Ramaphosa says his own infection serves as a caution to all people in the country to be vaccinated and remain vigilant against exposure. Vaccination remains the best protection against severe illness and hospitalization,” the statement said.

Ramaphosa has also thanked South Africans in a tweet for their good wishes and warned them to remain vigilant against COVID-19.

“As I recover, my message of the week is: don’t let your guard down. Do everything you can and need to, to stay safe, beginning with vaccination,” he said. “Vaccines dramatically reduce the chances of severe illness, hospitalisation and death. Let’s all protect ourselves. Vaccination is free, easy and it works.

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