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President in self-quarantine after COVID-19 contact

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has entered self-quarantine after coming in contact with a person with COVID-19.

His office announced the development in a statement on Wednesday.

It said Ramaphosa has begun “a period of self-quarantine following the positive COVID-19 diagnosis of a guest at a dinner attended by the President on Saturday, Oct. 24”.

The presidency noted that 35 guests attended the event in a Johannesburg hotel.

The statement added that the COVID-19 protocols and directives on screening were adhered to.

Ramaphosa is showing no symptoms and will be tested if any were to manifest.

“The president will perform his duties remotely and will observe the guidelines that apply to self-quarantine,’’ the presidency said.

Figures of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths show that South Africa is among the most effected countries on the continent.

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