Ramaphosa tests negative after close shave with Covid-19


Ramaphosa tests negative after close shave with Covid-19

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Presidency

The ACDP’s Kenneth Meshoe was among the many folks at a non secular gathering within the Free State the place various Covid-19-positive travellers have been current.

In an announcement on Thursday, the Presidency introduced that President Cyril Ramaphosa had examined negative for the novel coronavirus after presumably coming into contact with a political chief who had attended a church service with contaminated folks within the Free State.

Spokesperson Khusela Diko mentioned “the president submitted for testing as a precautionary measure upon the recommendation of his physicians on Tuesday and acquired his outcomes final evening”.

“As Head of State and Chair of the National Command Council (NCC) the President has a rigorous public engagements schedule; and has, through the course of the previous couple of weeks, held quite a few conferences with a large cross part of individuals from all walks of life,” mentioned Diko.

“In line with worldwide pointers in addition to these of the nationwide Department of Health testing is beneficial in case you expertise signs, in case you live in or lately travelled to an space with ongoing unfold of Covid-19 or when you’ve got been in close contact with somebody identified to have Covid-19.

“The Presidency has deemed it essential to make the check outcomes public to reassure the nation that the President is in good well being and continues with his duties.”

On Sunday, the Presidency welcomed the announcement by Rev Kenneth Meshoe, the chief of the African Christian Democratic Party, that he was examined for the coronavirus, which causes Covid-19.

Diko mentioned Meshoe was among the many leaders of political events represented in Parliament who met Ramaphosa in Cape Town final Tuesday.

Meshoe would subsequently even have been with the leaders of different main events, together with the EFF’s Julius Malema and interim DA chief John Steenhuisen.

“Rev Meshoe has since confirmed publicly that within the days earlier than the assembly with the president and subsequently earlier than the prohibition of public gatherings numbering greater than 100 folks, he had participated in a non secular gathering within the Free State the place 5 worldwide visitors subsequently examined optimistic for the virus.”

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, talking to the SABC on Wednesday, mentioned the Free State jumped due to 30 confirmed instances from the church in Bloemfontein. However, Gauteng has remained the epicentre of the outbreak.

The Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast hosted by the Divine Restoration Ministries in Bloemfontein noticed 5 Covid-19-infected foreigners from the US, Israel and France collaborating. Government continues to be on the lookout for a few of the 300 individuals who have been there.

ACDP MP Steve Swart and pastor Angus Buchan additionally attended, and have additionally been examined.

“The [five foreigners] subsequently developed signs and have been thereafter quarantined of their rooms on the mattress and breakfast they have been residing in. Since then they’ve remained quarantined in that B&B and the workers that come into contact with the sufferers have additionally been quarantined throughout the B&B,” Mkhize mentioned final week.

Diko mentioned Meshoe had up to now been asymptomatic since his participation in that gathering of about 200 folks. He, nonetheless, introduced on social media on Sunday that he had been examined.

Meshoe wrote: “Even although I’ve no signs of #Covid_19SA, I made a decision to be examined this afternoon. The officers that got here have been very skilled & respectful. After the testing one among them mentioned, “you don’t appear to be you might have the virus, you look sturdy & wholesome on your age.”

He had not but introduced his outcomes on Thursday.

The Presidency welcomed Meshoe’s adherence to the testing protocol and wished him effectively as he awaited his outcomes.

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