- President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for the coronavirus
- In a statement released by the Presidency, it was revealed that the nation's leader is in good health
- Ramaphosa opted to make the outcome of the test public in a bid to reassure citizens
President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for the coronavirus amid the local outbreak.
In a statement released by the Presidency, it emerged that concerns had been raised leading up to the test:
"President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The President submitted for testing as a precautionary measure upon the advice of his physicians on Tuesday 24th March 2020 and received his results last night."
Briefly.co.za reported that the President had been engaged with numerous key figures leading up to the announcement of a national lockdown.
This had lead to worries that Ramaphosa may have encountered the virus during these engagements:
"As Head of State and Chair of the National Command Council (NCC) the President has a rigorous public engagements schedule; and has, during the course of the last few weeks, held numerous meetings with a wide cross section of people from all walks of life."
This is in line with international recommendations, with the statement urging citizens to seek testing if they have been in contact with the virus.
Spokesperson Khusela Diko explained that Ramaphosa had opted to go public with the results to ease concerns:
"The Presidency has deemed it necessary to make the test results public to reassure the nation that the President is in good health and continues with his duties."
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