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Ghanaian senior minister tests positive for Covid-19

The Ghanaian Ministry of Information announced that senior minister Yaw Osafo Maafo has recently tested positive for coronavirus.

A doctor handles COVID-19 tests at the Ramon Sarda Maternity Hospital, on July 7, 2020, in Buenos Aires, Argentina amid the new coronavirus pandemic. - Argentina has recorded almost 60,000 cases, with more than 90 percent of those in the greater Buenos Ai

Ghana's Minister of Information, Mr. Oppong Nkruma, announced on Tuesday that senior minister Osafo Maafo had contracted Covid-19, and confirmed that he hadn't disclosed any information before getting the permission of Mr. Maafo himself.

Nkrumah stated: "In a separate development that has come to us this morning, Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo has been informed that his sample given for test has been returned positive. He will therefore as of today commence treatment for Covid-19 from home."

A long list of Ghanaian officials with Covid-19

In compliance with the Ghanaian government transparency policy, Mr. Osafo Maafo joins a long list of Ghanaian officials who have revealed the results of their Covid-19 tests including Minister of Health, Mr. Kwako Agyeman-Manu, and ex-Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. Carlos Ahenkorah, who has resigned lately.

On 1 July 2020, the CEO of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, passed away following a fierce battle with the viral complications.

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Mr Nkruma also updated the nation on the current status of president Akufo-Addo who started his two-week self-isolation two days ago, despite testing negative for the virus, while wishing all patients suffering from the disease, including the senior minister, a speedy recovery.

The Minister of Information reiterated that Mr. Akufo Addo is continuing to manage the state's affairs from the Presidential Villa of the Jubilee House through telephone and other means of technology.


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