Ramaphosa is in ‘good health’, Presidency

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018, as the heads of the BRICS group -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- met in Johannesburg for an annual summit dominated by the risk of a US-led trade war. Five of the biggest emerging economies on July 26, stood by the multilateral system and vowed to strengthen economic cooperation in the face of US tariff threats and unilateralism. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Themba Hadebe
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018, as the heads of the BRICS group — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — met in Johannesburg for an annual summit dominated by the risk of a US-led trade war. Five of the biggest emerging economies on July 26, stood by the multilateral system and vowed to strengthen economic cooperation in the face of US tariff threats and unilateralism. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Themba Hadebe

Presidency says there is no need for the president to test for coronavirus at this time.

The office of the president downplayed the concern that the president should be tested after the ACDP Kenneth Meshoe leader announced that he went for testing.

Meshoe confirmed that he has tested for coronavirus despite having shown no symptoms. The reverend is waiting for the results in the meantime.

The President, Rev Kenneth Meshoe, EFF’s Julius Malema and DA’s John Steenhuisen attended the meeting in Cape Town on Tuesday, 17 March 2020.

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The office of the president says president Ramaphosa is in good health and there is no need to test. The office says the ACDP’s leader results will determine if the president should test for coronavirus.

“The President himself is in good health and is observing the announced protocols as stringently as he can while performing his duties,” said the statement by the presidency office.

“At this point in time there is no cause for concern about the President’s health or reason for the President to be tested. To the best of the President’s knowledge, no person with whom he has recently had contact – including Rev Meshoe – has symptoms of or tested positive for the virus.”

The president postponed his state address which was scheduled for Sunday evening. Ramaphosa will be expected to address the country on Monday morning.