President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has decided to go into a mandatory 14–day self-isolation after a person in his inner circle tested positive for COVID -19.

A statement dated July 4 signed and issued by Minister for Information Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said the President tested negative for COVID-19 but has decided to self-isolate “out of abundance” of caution.”

The decision, the statement indicated, is on the advice of doctors.

“On the advice of doctors, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is from today (Saturday), 4 July 2020, taking a 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.

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

It would be recalled that on Friday, 3 July 2020, President Akufo-Addo accepted the resignation of the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industries, Mr Kingsley Carlos Ahenkorah, after he exposed others to the disease despite knowing he had tested positive.

This followed the admission by Mr Ahenkorah of his breach of the COVID-19 protocols, when, as a person certified to be positive for the virus, he visited a registration centre in his constituency before the period of self-isolation was complete.

A letter from the Presidency signed by Mr Eugene Arhin, Director of Communication, said President Akufo-Addo admonished all of his appointees to bear in mind that they are to provide leadership, at all times, for adherence to the protocols that have been established to help the nation defeat COVID-19.

In accepting the resignation, Nana Akufo-Addo recognised that Mr Ahenkorah had acted honourably in the circumstances by resigning from his office and wished him well.