South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive for Covid-19 and is receiving treatment for minor symptoms.
According to the presidency, Mr Ramaphosa became ill on Sunday after leaving the state memorial service for South Africa’s last apartheid president, FW de Klerk, in Cape Town.
People who had contact with the president on that day were advised to be on the lookout for symptoms or to get tested.
The president has been fully immunized and has delegated all of his powers to Deputy President David Mabuza.
President Ramaphosa returned from a trip to Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Senegal on Wednesday.
According to the presidency, he and his delegation were tested for Covid in every country they visited. It went on to say that the president had tested negative upon his return.
The highly contagious Omicron variant, which has sparked worldwide concern, was discovered in South Africa last month.