COVID-19 in South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa on self-quarantine

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation following a special cabinet meeting on matters relating to the COVID-19 epidemic at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, on March 15, 2020. - President Cyril Ramaphosa on March 15, 2020, announced the closure from March 18, 2020 of South Africa's borders to all foreign nationals from countries highly impacted by the deadly coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP) (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is on self-quarantine after one of the guests who attended an event with him tested positive for COVID-19.

The guest is said to have been among the 35 who were at the fundraising dinner held at a Johannesburg hotel over the weekend.

“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,” a statement from the President’s Press Service reads.

Tyrone Seale, Acting Spokesperson to the President, said the foundation became aware of this development and communicated this to guests yesterday (Tuesay).

This was 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.

President Ramaphosa is however said to be in good health with no signs of COVID-19 but is taking the necessary precautionary measure as advised by the Ministry of Health.

said the South African leader has been screened for COVID-19 several times in the past and regularly presents himself for screening at venues where he participates in engagements.

According to him, the weekend fundraising dinner ensured that COVID-19 protocols were strictly adhered to.

“As was the case with all guests, the President himself removed his mask only when dining and addressing the guests,” the Spokesperson added.

South Africa currently has a total of 717,851 cases of coronavirus since the onset of the pandemic and 19,053 COVID-19 related deaths.

The country’s Ministry of Health reported that the total number of recoveries are 647,833 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.