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The presidency released a statement on Wednesday morning saying that President Cyril Ramaphosa would be under self-quarantine after a dinner guest tested positive for Covid-19…

“The President is showing no symptoms at this time and will, in line with COVID-19 health advice, be tested should symptoms manifest,” said the statement. “The President will perform his duties remotely and will observe the guidelines that apply to self-quarantine.”

The guest who tested positive for Covid-19 was at a dinner attended by the President on Saturday, 24 October 2020. The dinner was a fundraiser in aid of the Adopt-a-School Foundation, which is a partner entity of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation.

“The President wishes the guest, who is receiving medical attention, a safe and speedy recovery, and wishes other guests good health,” said the statement.

35 People in attendance at event

The event for 35 guests was held at a Johannesburg hotel where Foundation guests were the only people hosted by the establishment.

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The event adhered stringently to COVID-19 protocols and directives on screening, social distancing and the wearing of masks.

“As was the case with all guests, the President himself removed his mask only when dining and addressing the guests,” said the statement from the Presidency.

“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.”

President Ramaphosa unveiled a statue on Tuesday

The positive Covid test of one of the guests was communicated to other guests on Tuesday, 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.

“The President is screened regularly by the South African Military Health Service and subjects himself to screening at venues where he participates in engagements,” said the statement.


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