South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa was caught on video dancing maskless during a trip to Ghana, only days before he tested positive for Covid-19, as his country battles a wave of cases sparked by the Omicron variant.
This footage circulated on Twitter and shows Ramaphosa (69) dancing without a mask, while his partner dances to the music, in spite of the fact that the virus was spreading back home.
Ramaphosa’s office announced on Sunday that he had tested positive for Covid-19, and that he would temporarily delegate his responsibilities to the deputy president. Following a weekend state funeral service, South Africa’s president fell ill and was tested.
Ramaphosa, who is still recovering from surgery, has been living in Cape Town. After a recent trip to Africa, Ramaphosa returned home with his entire delegation. Some of them tested positive in Nigeria.
On Sunday, South Africa reported more than 18,000 new daily infections, with 70 percent of them estimated to be from the Omicron strain of the virus, according to the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases. The country has seen more than 90,000. deaths caused by Covid-19 since the outbreak.