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COVID-19: Ghanaian President Goes Into Isolation As Close Contact Tests Positive

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President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana
President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has gone into self-isolation for two weeks after one of his contacts tested positive for coronavirus.

President Akufo-Addo began his quarantine on Saturday and will be working from the presidential villa in Accra, capital of the West African country, the information minister said in a statement.

The minister said;

The president has elected to do so after at least one person within his close circle tested positive for COVID-19. The president has, as of today, tested negative, but has elected to take this measure out of the abundance of caution.

Ghana has reported more than 19,300 cases of the new respiratory disease and 117 deaths, and has lifted its strict lockdown although social-distancing measures remain in place.

The announcement came a day after the presidency said a junior minister had resigned for failing to self-isolate after testing positive.

Read Also: Ghana Minister Resigns After Violating Self-Isolation Measure

There was no official indication the events were linked.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, a number of senior political figures worldwide have contracted the disease, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was hospitalised and has now recovered.

Read Also: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Discharged From Hospital After Coronavirus Treatment

Senegal’s President Macky Sall also went into a preventative quarantine last month, despite testing negative, after coming into contact with a coronavirus case.

AFP

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