- President Cyril Ramaphosa is getting treatment for mild COVID-19 symptoms after testing positive for the disease on Sunday.
- He is self-isolating in Cape Town and monitored by the South African Military Health Service.
His office said that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is receiving treatment for mild COVID-19 symptoms after testing positive for the disease on Sunday.
Ramaphosa was feeling unwell, and a test confirmed COVID-19, a statement from the presidency announced.
The statement said that he is self-isolating in Cape Town and is being monitored by the South African Military Health Service. He has delegated responsibilities to Deputy President David Mabuza for the coming week.
Ramaphosa, 69, is fully vaccinated. The statement did not say whether he had been infected with the omicron variant.
Last week, Ramaphosa visited 4 West African countries. He and all his board members were tested for COVID-19 in each country during the trip. Some in the board tested positive in Nigeria and returned directly to South Africa. Throughout the rest of the journey, Ramaphosa and his delegation tested negative. Ramaphosa returned from Senegal on Dec. 8.
Ramaphosa said his infection serves as a caution to all people in South Africa to be fully vaccinated and remain vigilant against exposure, the statement stated. Vaccination is the best protection against severe illness and hospitalization, it noted.
People in South Africa who have been in contact with Ramaphosa on Sunday are advised to watch for symptoms or test themselves.
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