Ghana's senior minister, Osafo-Maafo, tests positive for COVID-19

Ghana's senior minister, Osafo-Maafo, tests positive for COVID-19

- Yaw Osafo-Maafo has tested positive for COVID-19

- The government official is believed to be receiving treatment at home

- Kojo Oppong Nkrumah made the announcement at a press briefing

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Information reaching YEN.com.gh indicates that Ghana's current Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

This was announced by the Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah today, 7 July, in a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on citinewsroom.com.

Oppong Nkrumah made the announcement at a press conference organised by the ministry.

Ghana's senior minister Osafo-Maafo tests positive for COVID-19

Yaw Osafo-Maafo. Source: UGC
Source: UGC

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“Senior Minister, Osafo-Maafo, has been informed that his sample taken has returned positive for COVID-19,” Oppong Nkrumah said.

Oppong Nkrumah revealed that Osafo-Maafo is not at a health facility but rather receiving treatment at home.

“As of today, he will commence treatment for COVID-19 from home, and in consonance with the transparency that we are bringing to Ghanaians, he has instructed that we inform the general public accordingly,” he added.

This comes on the back of reports that a number of government officials have tested positive for the virus.

President Akufo-Addo was placed on self-isolation on 4 July after coming into contact with someone believed to be a carrier of the coronavirus.

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“On the advice of doctors, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is from today, 4 July, taking a 14-day precautionary self-isolation measure in compliance with COVID-19 protocols,” the statement read.

The statement noted that “the president has elected to do so after at least one person within his close circle tested positive for COVID-19 today.

Although President Akufo-Addo has tested negative for the virus, he has still decided to self-isolate “out of the abundance of caution,” the statement said.

Akufo-Addo will, during this precautionary self-isolation period, be working from the Jubilee House in Accra.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Ghanaian-American, Kojo Asamoah-Caesar, has imprinted his name in the sands of time after being nominated for US Congress.

The young US democrat made history as the first-ever Ghanaian-American to attain this feat following the recent American primaries.

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Asamoah-Caesar clinched the win with 34,380 votes to make history on 30 June.

The New York Times reports that Asamoah-Caesar polled 34,380 votes which represented a total vote cast of 63.6%.

Asamoah-Caesar also made history as the first-generation American, first-ever Black person to win the nomination, first-ever resident of North Tulsa, and the youngest ever democratic nominee to run for US Congress.

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