President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa tested positive for COVID-19 following minor symptoms, SOuth Africa authorities said.
He was recently in Nigeria, where he met with President Muhamadu Buhari in the midst of the Omicron COVID 19 variant outbreak.
Ramaphosa was reportedly ill on Sunday, a statement by the presidency explained, saying he was “in excellent spirits” and is being watched by doctors.
Ramaphosa, who is fully vaccinated, will remain in self-imposed isolation and has delegated his responsibilities to Deputy President David Mabuza.
Ramaphosa was quoted as stating that his positive status demonstrates the importance of immunization.
“Vaccination continues to be the strongest defence against serious sickness and hospitalization,” the statement added.