South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for corona virus.
The country’s presidency on Thursday morning confirmed that Ramaphosa submitted for testing as a precautionary measure on the advice of his doctor. Ramaphosa was exposed to the virus after meeting SACP leader, Reverend Kenneth Meshoe who had attended a Divine Restoration Church gathering where a foreign national was present, who has since tested positive for covid-19. After Meshoe announced on social media that he had gone for testing and had been in contact with the president when he met opposition leaders in Cape Town to discuss the spread of the virus.
Initially the presidency came out to say, there was no need for president Ramaphosa to test as he didn’t show any symptoms, but now they have said he had tested, following advice by his physician.
The presidency said, as Head of State and Chair of the National Command Council, which advises on the virus, Ramaphosa had a rigorous public engagement in the past few weeks where he held meetings with different people from a wide range of sectors.
In line with international guidelines, as well as those of the National Department of Health, testing is recommended if you experience symptoms, if you live in, or recently travelled to an area with the ongoing spread of Covid-19 or if you have been in close contact with someone known to have Covid-19.
The Presidency has deemed it necessary to make the test results public to reassure the Nation that the President is in good health and continues with his duties
Meshoe is expected to get his test results today