Wednesday, October 28, 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa self-quarantining after being in contact with COVID-19+ guest

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.

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.

In a statement released by the Presidency, it said that the event adhered stringently to COVID-19 protocols and directives on screening, social distancing and the wearing of masks. It added that 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 on Tuesday, that a guest had shown symptoms on Sunday and had been tested on Monday before receiving a positive result 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.’’

‘’The President is showing no symptoms at this time and will, in line with COVID-19 health advice, be tested should symptoms manifest.’’

The President wished the guest, who is receiving medical attention, a safe and speedy recovery, and wishes other guests good health.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has refuted claims of plans to move the country back to level 3 in the wake of a spike in the coronavirus cases.

This comes as just last week, a false voice note claimed that people need to stock up on groceries as the country will move to level 3.

Ramaphosa was responding to questions from the National Council of Provinces, yesterday, regarding the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa as well as the government’s fight against corruption.

"What we now need to do in light of what we are going through, I don't want to be alarmist and I don't want our people to be alarmed with the rumours such as that we are going to level 3, that is simply not true and I want to assure everyone that that is not true," he said.

"All we need to do is adhere to our preventative measures and wear your masks," Ramaphosa added.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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