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Covid-19: Akufo-Addo begins work from isolation today 

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
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President Akufo-Addo will today begin work from isolation at the Presidential Villa at the Jubilee House.

A statement from the Information Ministry over the weekend said President Akufo-Addo has been directed by doctors to self-isolate.

The statement signed by Minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah explained that the President is doing so “On the advice of doctors, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is from today, July 4, 2020, taking a fourteen (14) day precautionary self-isolation measure in compliance with COVID-19 protocols."

“The President has elected to do so after at least one person within his close circle tested positive for COVID-19 today.”

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

“The President will during this precautionary self-isolation period, be working from the Presidential Villa at the Jubilee House, Accra."

Some government officials have tested positive for the virus. The former Deputy Minister for Trade Carlos Ahenkorah, Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu and the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby, are some of the government officials who have tested positive for Coronavirus.

The Presidency has also refuted reports that Akufo-Addo has been flown to London for COVID-19 treatment. 

“Kindly disregard the false story published by the Herald newspaper to the effect that the President was, on Saturday, ‘flown out of the country to London for COVID-19 treatment;”, the Director of Communication at the Presidency, Mr Eugene Arhin, said in a statement on Sunday.

“It is clearly a figment of the author’s imagination”, the statement added.

Mr Arhin said: “The President is in the country, and he’s currently at the Presidential Villa in the Jubilee House observing the 14-day self-isolation precautionary measure in compliance with COVID-19 protocols”.