South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is receiving treatment for a mild form of COVID-19 after he tested positive on Sunday.
Cyril Ramaphosa is starting to feel unwell and one of the tests has confirmed the diagnosis of Covid-19, according to a statement from the presidency, which says he is in isolation in Cape Town and is being monitored by the South African military health services, where he has delegated all responsibilities. to Vice President, David Mabuza, for next week.
The 69-year-old South African head of state has been fully vaccinated, and the statement did not specify whether he had the Omicron type of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the respiratory disease.
Last week, Ramaphosa visited four countries in West Africa and he and all of his entourage were tested in each country during the trip.
Some members of the delegation tested positive in Nigeria and returned directly to South Africa, while the President and his delegation tested negative for the rest of the trip. Ramaphosa returned from Senegal on December 8.
According to the statement, the South African president said that his infection serves as a warning to all the country’s residents to be vaccinated and stay vigilant against exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, stressing that vaccination remains the best protection against serious diseases and hospitalization.
The statement from Ramaphosa’s office also indicated that people in South Africa who had contact with the president on Sunday were advised to monitor for symptoms or get tested.
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