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The ACDP’s Kenneth Meshoe was among the many folks at a spiritual gathering within the Free State the place a lot of Covid-19-positive travellers have been current.

In a press release on Thursday, the Presidency introduced that President Cyril Ramaphosa had examined adverse for the novel coronavirus after presumably coming into contact with a political chief who had attended a church service with contaminated folks within the Free State.

Spokesperson Khusela Diko mentioned “the president submitted for testing as a precautionary measure upon the recommendation of his physicians on Tuesday and acquired his outcomes final night time”.

“As Head of State and Chair of the National Command Council (NCC) the President has a rigorous public engagements schedule; and has, through the course of the previous few weeks, held quite a few conferences with a large cross part of individuals from all walks of life,” mentioned Diko.

“In line with worldwide pointers in addition to these of the nationwide Department of Health testing is really useful in the event you expertise signs, in the event you stay in or lately travelled to an space with ongoing unfold of Covid-19 or if in case you have been in shut contact with somebody recognized to have Covid-19.

“The Presidency has deemed it essential to make the check outcomes public to reassure the nation that the President is in good well being and continues together with his duties.”

On Sunday, the Presidency welcomed the announcement by Rev Kenneth Meshoe, the chief of the African Christian Democratic Party, that he was examined for the coronavirus, which causes Covid-19.

Diko mentioned Meshoe was among the many leaders of political events represented in Parliament who met Ramaphosa in Cape Town final Tuesday.

Meshoe would due to this fact even have been with the leaders of different main events, together with the EFF’s Julius Malema and interim DA chief John Steenhuisen.

“Rev Meshoe has since confirmed publicly that within the days earlier than the assembly with the president and due to this fact earlier than the prohibition of public gatherings numbering greater than 100 folks, he had participated in a spiritual gathering within the Free State the place 5 worldwide company subsequently examined optimistic for the virus.”

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, talking to the SABC on Wednesday, mentioned the Free State jumped due to 30 confirmed circumstances from the church in Bloemfontein. However, Gauteng has remained the epicentre of the outbreak.

The Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast hosted by the Divine Restoration Ministries in Bloemfontein noticed 5 Covid-19-infected foreigners from the US, Israel and France participating. Government continues to be on the lookout for a number of the 300 individuals who have been there.

ACDP MP Steve Swart and pastor Angus Buchan additionally attended, and have additionally been examined.

“The [five foreigners] subsequently developed signs and have been thereafter quarantined of their rooms on the mattress and breakfast they have been residing in. Since then they’ve remained quarantined in that B&B and the workers that come into contact with the sufferers have additionally been quarantined inside the B&B,” Mkhize mentioned final week.

Diko mentioned Meshoe had so far been asymptomatic since his participation in that gathering of about 200 folks. He, nevertheless, introduced on social media on Sunday that he had been examined.

Meshoe wrote: “Even although I’ve no signs of #Covid_19SA, I made a decision to be examined this afternoon. The officers that got here have been very skilled & respectful. After the testing one among them mentioned, “you don’t appear to be you might have the virus, you look robust & wholesome to your age.”

Even although I’ve no signs of #Covid_19SA, I made a decision to be examined this afternoon. The officers that got here have been very skilled & respectful. After the testing one among them mentioned, “you don’t appear to be you might have the virus, you look robust & wholesome to your age.” PTL.

— Kenneth Meshoe (@RevMeshoe) March 22, 2020

He had not but introduced his outcomes on Thursday.

The Presidency welcomed Meshoe’s adherence to the testing protocol and wished him effectively as he awaited his outcomes.

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