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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested positive for Covid-19. This was announced by Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele on Sunday evening.

Ramaphosa started feeling unwell on Sunday after he left the memorial service of former President FW de Klerk that was held in Cape Town.

Before the memorial service in Cape Town, Ramaphosa was on a week-long visit to West Africa. He returned to Johannesburg on 8 December with a negative test. During his visit to four African countries, Ramaphosa and his delegation were tested continuously.

During his trip, he railed against the travel bans imposed against southern African nations after South African scientists announced their discovery of the Omicron variant of the virus, reports Daily Maverick.

Gungubele said that the President has displayed “mild” symptoms and was being monitored by doctors from the South African National Defence Force.

“The president, who is fully vaccinated, is in self-isolation in Cape Town and has delegated all responsibilities to Deputy President David Mabuza for the next week.” Gungubele said, adding that Ramaphosa was “in good spirits”.

Ramaphosa has continuously urged South Africans to get vaccinated. So far only 15,13 million adults are fully vaccinated, accounting for 38.04% of the adult population.

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