South Africa’s Ramaphosa still showing mild COVID symptoms

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JOHANNESBURG, Dec 13 (Reuters) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, is still showing mild symptoms and has had to delay a booster vaccine he was due to receive this week, his office said on Monday.

A statement from the presidency added that he reiterated a call for everyone to be vaccinated so as to reduce the chances of serious illness, hospitalization and death.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a press conference after the G20 Compact with Africa conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany August 27, 2021. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERS//File Photo
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa appears to testify before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 11, 2021. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham/Files
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a press conference after the G20 Compact with Africa conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany August 27, 2021. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERS//File Photo

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa appears to testify before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 11, 2021. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham/Files

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Ramaphosa, who was given Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ.N) vaccine in February, tested positive the same day that he addressed a state memorial to the last leader of South Africa’s white minority government, FW de Klerk, in Cape Town.

His office said on Sunday that Ramaphosa had tested negative on Wednesday last week when he returned to South Africa from a trip to four West African countries.

In the past few days South Africa has reported around 20,000 new COVID-19 infections a day, in a fourth wave believed to be linked to the Omicron coronavirus variant. South African scientists so far see no sign that the variant causes more severe illness. read more

Reporting by Alexander Winning Editing by Gareth Jones and Andrew Cawthorne