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SA President being treated for Covid after West Africa tour

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa is being treated for Covid-19 after testing positive over the weekend.

According to the President’s office, Mr. Ramaphosa has mild symptoms and is isolating in Cape Town.

The 69-year old South African had just completed his tour of some West African nations-namely Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Senegal.

President Ramaphosa adds to the list of several world leaders who have been infected with the virus.

The presidency said Mr Ramaphosa and members of his team that travelled in parts of Africa were tested for Covid in all countries they visited.

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In a statement South Africa’s presidency said Mr. Ramaphosa tested positive on Sunday, and has delegated all responsibilities to Deputy President David Mabuza.

He reportedly started feeling unwell after attending the funeral of former President FW de Klerk early on Sunday.

The president is in “good spirits” though according to the statement and is being monitored by doctors.

Ramaphosa is fully vaccinated and it is not yet clear if he had been infected with the omicron coronavirus variant.

South Africa is still struggling to vaccinate its citizens with fewer than 30% of South Africans fully vaccinated.

Health officials say the country is experiencing mass “vaccine hesitancy”.


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