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President Ramaphosa tests negative for coronavirus


President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

The Presidency said in a statement that he had received the results on Wednesday night.

“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,” said spokesperson, Khusela Diko.

“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.”

Diko said in line with international guidelines as well as those of the national Department of Health testing is recommended if one experiences symptoms or if one lives in or recently travelled to an area with the ongoing spread of COVID-19.

She said the Presidency had 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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