South African President Tests Positive for Covid-19 as Cases Rise

The Presidency has confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive for Covid-19. "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," a statement read.

This comes as the nation faces a fourth wave of infections led by the omicron variant which studies have found to be more transmissible though less severe compared to the delta strain.

As of December 13, 2021, a total of 3,167,497 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in the country of which 90,137 proved fatal and 2,913,232 resulted in recovery. Vaccinations administered to date total 18,344,024.

A nurse at the special Covid-19 Field Hospital in Nasrec, Johannesburg, South Africa, puts on her PPE (file photo)

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