Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa tested negative for the new coronavirus (Covid-19).

The presidency confirmed in a statement Thursday that Ramaphosa tested negative for Covid-19 after being tested as a precautionary measure for the coronavirus on Tuesday. The president received his results Wednesday night.

According to the statement, Ramaphosa has had a busy schedule in his capacity as president over the past few weeks and has been in contact with several people during meetings.

“The presidency deemed it necessary to announce the test results to ensure the country is in good health and continues its duties,” the statement reads.

The Post Office

The South African Post Office (Sapo) has confirmed that its branches remain open throughout the nationwide seclusion to facilitate the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) social grant.

A total of 882 branches were designated to provide this essential service over the next 21 days. During this time, however, employees of the post office will maintain a safe distance of one meter from each other at all times. Customers will have to stand a good distance apart in rows. No more than 50 persons are allowed in a post office at one time.

Employees will also be provided with hand cleaners, masks, and gloves.

According to Sapo’s CEO Ivumile Nongogo, the post office’s postal services, deliveries, and other support services will be suspended during the nationwide seclusion.

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