South Africa: President delegates duties to Vice due to Covid-19

South Africa: President delegates duties to Vice due to Covid-19

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa recently (on Sunday) tested positive for Covid-19 and has currently shifted presidential responsibilities to the Vice President, David Mabuza.

Official report says, the 69-year-old President Ramaphosa is now in isolation receiving treatment. The report also says that the President felt unwell after attending the funeral of President FW de Klerk which was held on Sunday.

The country faces a new variant of the disease which was detected last month.

According to experts, the Omicron variant is more transmissible than previous strains, including Delta. Studies also show that the risk of severe disease and death is lower.

Cyril Ramaphosa is now part of the list of President who has contracted Covid-19 . From across the globe the list includes:

  • UK’s Boris Johnson
  • Donald Trump (back when he was US president)
  • Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro
  • Emmanuel Macron of France
  • Czech President Miloš Zeman
  • Bolivia’s former President Jeanine Añez

Vice President David Mabuza “for the next week”, will now take full responsibility of the office of the President.

Dignitaries who also attended the President FW de Klerk’s have been advised to observe Covid-19 symptoms as well as getting tested for confirmation.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.
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