President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for the novel Coronavirus.
This after he came in to contact with African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader reverend Kenneth Meshoe.
The ACDP confirmed publicly that he had participated in a religious gathering in the Free State where five international guests subsequently tested positive for the virus.
The president submitted for testing as a precautionary measure upon the advice of his physicians on Tuesday and received his results last night,” says the presidency in a statement on Thursday.
“The Presidency has 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.”
The presidency is encouraging people to get tested for the virus if they experience symptoms or recently travelled to a high-risk area. It further urges people to exercise social distancing.
Meanwhile, South Africans are preparing for all eventualities before the lockdown begins. The nationwide lockdown will be implemented for 21 days from midnight on Thursday 26 March.
This measure is an attempt to contain the increasing number of infected people with the virus. There have been no Coronavirus-related deaths in the country since the first case was confirmed on Thursday 5 March.
During his lockdown announcement, President Ramaphosa said: “This is a decisive measure to save millions of South Africans from infection and save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. While this measure will have a considerable impact on people’s livelihoods, on the life of our society and on our economy, the human cost of delaying this action would be far, far greater.”
South Africa has gazetted a new set of regulations, which include a number of stringent measures to curb the spread of the virus in the country. Travel bans, the closure of schools as well as limiting the sale of alcohol are of the new regulations.
Read more here on the regulations gazetted as part of the Disaster Management Act after Ramaphosa declared the Covid-19 outbreak a national state of disaster last Sunday.