The President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa has Sunday tested positive for the deadly Covid-19 virus and is currently receiving treatment for mild COVID-19 symptoms, according to Mondli Gungubele, the Minister for Presidency.

Gungubele explains that President 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,” Gungubele says.

“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,” he adds.

He says on his recent visit to four West African states, President Ramaphosa and the South African delegation were tested for COVID-19 in all countries and results came out negative.

“The President and the delegation returned to South Africa from the Republic of Senegal on Wednesday, 8 December 2021, after obtaining negative test results. The President also tested negative on his return to Johannesburg on 8 December,” he says.

Gungubele however did not delve into details of the type of Covid-19 virus that the President has caught.

It is from South Africa that the first case of Omicron variant SARS-CoV-2, was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 24, 2021.

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