President Cyril Ramaphosa has begun a period of self-quarantine following the positive Covid-19 diagnosis of a guest who attended a dinner at which he was present on Saturday.
This was confirmed by acting Presidency spokesperson, Tyrone Seale, on Wednesday.
Seale said Ramaphosa was showing no symptoms and would, in line with Covid-19 health advice, be tested should symptoms manifest.
Ramaphosa would continue to perform his duties remotely and would observe the guidelines that apply to self-quarantine.
On Saturday, the president attended a fundraising dinner of the Adopt-a-School Foundation, which is a partner entity of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation. One of the guests had since tested positive for Covid-19.
According to Seale, the event, which was held at a Johannesburg hotel, had 35 guests – the only people hosted by the establishment.
Seale was quick to indicate that there was a stringent adherence 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 Seale.
He added that the “president wishes the guest, who is receiving medical attention, a safe and speedy recovery, and wishes other guests good health”.
The Adopt-a-School Foundation had, in accordance with Covid-19 regulations, advised the other dinner guests that a guest had shown symptoms on Sunday and had been tested on Monday before receiving a positive result yesterday.
Seale said “the foundation became aware of this development and communicated this to guests yesterday, 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.”
As yet, Seale said the President is showing no symptoms at this time and will, in line with Covid-19 health advice, be tested should symptoms manifest.
He also added that Ramaphosa will continue to perform his duties remotely and will observe the guidelines that apply to self-quarantine.