COVID-19: President Ramaphosa begins self-quarantine

COVID-19: President Ramaphosa begins self-quarantine

- The South African authorities have announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa has gone into self-quarantine

- The presidency said the decision was taken after a guest at a dinner Ramaphosa attended contracted the virus

- The authorities, however, insisted that the president has always adhered to the COVID-19 safety measures

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The South African president, President Cyril Ramaphosa has gone into self-quarantine after one of the guests at a dinner he attended tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Business Insider, the South African presidency maintained that social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols were observed at the fund raising dinner which held on October 24.

COVDI-19: President Ramaphosa goes into self-quarantine
Ramaphosa would continue performing his presidential functions during his quarantine Credits: Thierry Monasse
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Presidency said in a statement that:

"The event adhered stringently to COVID-19 protocols and directives on screening, social distancing and the wearing of masks. As was the case with all guests, the President himself removed his mask only when dining and addressing the guests."

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The statement from the presidency also stated that Ramaphosa was showing no symptoms of the COVID-19 infection.

It said the president would perform his duties remotely during the period of the self-quarantine.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported new cases of coronavirus infections in the country on Monday, October 26. The agency said Nigeria recorded 119 new cases of COVID-19.

This brings the total number of infections in Nigeria to 62,111. The agency which made this known via its verified Twitter handle said Nigeria also recorded two COVID-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours.

In another report, the federal government has raised concerns over the likelihood of COVID-19 infection spreading among EndSARS protesters across the country. reported that the director-general of the NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, gave the warning on Thursday, October 15, at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja.

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He said the number of new cases in the country would be determined by the people's behaviour and the circumstances that they find themselves.

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