South Africa’s Ramaphosa goes into self-quarantine

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FILE PHOTO: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa listens to a debate at the South African Parliament in Cape Town, on Feb. 15, 2018. /VCG Photo

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has gone into self-quarantine after a guest at a charity dinner he attended on October 24 tested positive for COVID-19.

The development was confirmed on Wednesday by the presidency which said the fundraising dinner for the Adopt-a-School Foundation, which is a partner entity of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, had only 35 guests in attendance.

“The President is showing no symptoms at this time and will, in line with COVID-19 health advice, be tested should symptoms manifest,” a statement from the presidency said.

“The President will perform his duties remotely and will observe the guidelines that apply to self-quarantine.”

South Africa is the hardest-hit country in Africa by the COVID-19 pandemic, having registered 717,851 infections and 19,053 deaths.

The country accounts for 41.34 percent of the continent’s caseload and 45.59 percent of its fatalities.

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