President Ramaphosa tested positive for COVID19This after De Klerk’s memorial service Ramaphosa was vaccinated
President Cyril Ramaphosa is receiving treatment for mild COVID-19 symptoms after testing positive for the viral infection today, Sunday, 12 December 2021, the President’s office confirmed on Sunday evening.
The Presidency said Ramaphosa started feeling unwell after leaving the State Memorial Service in honour of former Deputy President FW de Klerk in Cape Town earlier today.
“The President is in good spirits but is being monitored by the South African Military Health Service of the South African National Defence Force,” the office of the President noted.
The President, who is fully vaccinated, is in self-isolation in Cape Town and has delegated all responsibilities to Deputy President David Mabuza for the next week.
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 hospitalisation,” the Presidency said.
Meanwhile, people who have had contact with the President today were advised to watch for symptoms or to have themselves tested.