South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is “making good progress” in his recovery from COVID-19, while continuing treatment for “mild symptoms” the Presidency announced on Friday.
The President is in “good spirits and comfortable in his recovery”, according to Minister in The Presidency, Mondli Gungubele.
President Ramaphosa tested positive for the coronavirus viral infection on Sunday 12 December, soon after delivering the eulogy at the State memorial for former President FW de Klerk.
“The President started self-isolation in Cape Town on the same day, with the South African Medical Health Service of the South African National Defence Force monitoring and treating the President,” said Gungubele in a statement issued on Friday.
He reiterated that “the President again calls on all people in the country to make this festive period a safe period by being vaccinated, wearing masks, washing or sanitising hands frequently, maintaining a social distance and avoiding gatherings.
“This will help save lives, reduce the need for hospital admissions, allow businesses to remain open and enable people to work and earn an income.
Risky or careless behaviour will” endanger public health and economic activity, neither of which the country can afford during this important period for the retail and tourism sectors.”
The news of the president’s recovery was welcomed by many. “That is good news. Wishing
@CyrilRamaphosa a speedy and chilled recovery. Mild and no hospital thanks to the Vax!” tweeted one of many well-wishers.