Presidency staffer tests positive for Covid-19, says Ramaphosa didn't have contact

2020-05-06 16:14
A view of the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

A view of the Union Buildings in Pretoria. (Deaan Vivier, Netwerk24)

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The Presidency has confirmed President Cyril Ramaphosa did not come into contact with one of its essential staff members who tested positive for Covid-19.

In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, it said access to the Union Buildings has been limited,.

All officials who had contact with the staffer would be screened.

The Presidency added that President Cyril Ramaphosa and his deputy, David Mabuza, had been "working remotely and not from the Union Buildings since the start of the lockdown".

The office of the president later confirmed to News24 that Ramaphosa did not come into contact with the employee nor any of the contacts who will be screened.

"In line with government’s guidelines on the management of Covid-19 cases, steps have been taken to secure treatment of the relevant staff member and to provide support to the member’s family," read the statement.

The Presidency said its Pandemic Task Team which has been established "to assist in managing all Covid-19 related matters" has started a process to disinfect and deep clean all its facilities.

It added that this process started on 28 April.

The Presidency wished its a colleague a speedy recovery.

On Tuesday evening, the Ministry of Health announced that 7572 people have tested positive for Covid-19 across the country, with 148 deaths.

A total of 268,064 tests had been been conducted by the time the latest statistics were released.

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