- President Cyril Ramaphosa is reportedly recovering well from Covid-19 following his positive test result last Sunday
- He has received treatment for some mild symptoms which he is experiencing, but otherwise the president is comfortable
- Health officials have revealed the symptoms of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, saying that it is similar to a mild flu
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CAPE TOWN - The office of President Cyril Ramaphosa has reported that he is on track with his recovery from Covid-19.
On 12 December 2021, the president tested positive for Covid-19 and has been self-isolating and receiving treatment for some mild symptoms.
Ramphosa's office said that he is comfortable and has maintained a good disposition, News24 reports. The president has urged South Africans to protect themselves from the coronavirus by adhering to protocols and getting vaccinated.
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Vaccines have proved effective in preventing severe cases of Omicron, but the Western Cape Health Department said that the variant can present mild to moderate symptoms.
Byron La Hoe, a spokesperson for the department, said that unvaccinated people face the biggest risk in terms of Omicron. Children are also 20% more likely to be hospitalised due to the new variant than from previous strains.
Reactions to latest Covid-19 news
"DD is doing a very good job so far let him extend his sick leave until March next year."
"Mild symptoms sounds like a sales pitch."
"I wish the president a speedy recovery."
"Is he not fully recovered?"
"His absence wasn't recognizable anyways."
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The Minister of Health Joe Phaahla says although the Omicron variant is highly infectious, the number of people being hospitalised because of severe disease is relatively low.
Phaahla says the department has been tasked by the NCCC to continue monitoring the numbers of people getting hospitalised as well as the infection and mortality rates.
Source: Briefly News