GHANA: President Akufo-Addo self-isolates after close person tests positive for coronavirus

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Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana. Courtesy Photo/File
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AT Reporter

Accra – Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has gone into self-isolation for the next 14 days on the advice of doctors after a person in his close circle tested positive for coronavirus, the government said in a statement late on Saturday.

According to Ghana’s information minister, President Akufo-Addo who despite testing negative for coronavirus, will continue working from the presidential villa in Accra during this quarantine period.

“He has, as at today, tested negative, but has elected to take this measure out of the abundance of caution,” the statement said, adding that the president will continue to work during the period, in compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols.

The statement did not however say if the close person was a staff or family member.

On Friday, Ghana’s deputy trade and industry minister Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah resigned for violating coronavirus self-isolation measures after he tested positive for the virus. There was however no official indication the events were linked.

To date, Ghana has recorded 19,388 coronavirus cases, one of the highest number of cases in sub-Saharan Africa, with 117 having succumbed to the respiratory disease. Although the strict lockdown has been lifted in Ghana, social-distancing measures remain in place.

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