The deadly Coronavirus, has hit the Presidency; the Jubilee House, forcing President Akufo-Addo into a 14-days self-isolation, after getting exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
The Herald's information is that, Deputy Chief of Staff and Political Assistant to President Akufo-Addo, Francis Asenso-Boakye, has also been infected with the condition and had since gone into-isolation.
Mr Asenso-Boakye, is highly suspected to be the one President Akufo-Addo got into contact with.
But additional information picked up by The Herald is that the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning is also down with COVID-19, becoming the fourth Cabinet minister of the Akufo-Addo government living with the condition.
Ken Ofori-Atta, has been in isolation for some days now, leaving work at the Finance Ministry to one of his deputies, Charles Adu Boahen, including his recent appearance in Parliament, last week.
Both Ken Ofori-Atta and Francis Asenso-Boakye, have regular access to President Akufo-Addo, but it is not clear yet which of the two government officials is sending him into isolation.
But details available to The Herald revealed that, there have been series of COVID-19 test at the Jubilee House at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, one of the designated centers for the COVID-19 test.
Meanwhile, a government statement dated July 4, 2020, but surprisingly signed by the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, not the Director of Communication at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, has confirmed that President Akufo-Addo is on a 14-day self-isolation, after getting exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
"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 statement added.
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."
The statement, said although President Akufo-Addo, has tested negative for the virus, he hasÂ still decided self-isolate "out of the abundance of caution."
"The President will during this precautionary self-isolation period, be working from the PresidentialVilla at the Jubilee House, Accra," the statement added.
A number of government appointees, have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last few weeks.
A Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah, who also tested positive for the virus resigned, because he visited a voter registration centre, contrary to advice by his doctor to self-isolate.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission and former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party,Â Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly referred to as Sir John, died on July 1, 2020, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, as a result of COVID-19 complications.
The NPP's campaign manager for the 2020 general elections, Peter Mac Manu, who also tested positive for COVID-19, is also currently receiving treatment at the Korle Bu Hospital.
Ghana's Health Minister,Â Kwaku Agyeman Manu, also tested positive for the virus about three weeks ago and received treatment at the University of Ghana Medical Centre in Accra.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA),Â Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby, also tested positive for the Coronavirus within the same period.
Mayor of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly,Â K.K. Sam,Â who also tested positive for the disease, however, passed on.
The MCE died on Friday, June 12, 2020, while receiving treatment at the UGMC, where he was rushed to after falling sick.
The Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, was also detained at the UGMC on June 24, 2020, over fears of COVID-19 infection.
Within the same period, Dan Botwe, the Minister for Regional Reorganization and Development, was also admitted at the UGMC "upon feeling unwell".
Few weeks on, it is unclear whether both tested positive for COVID-19.
Ghana's COVID-19 cases increase by 758; total now 19,388
Ghana as of July 4, 2020, has recorded 19,388 COVID-19 cases. It follows the confirmation of 758 new cases by the Ghana Health Service.
In the meantime, the number of recoveries/discharges has been pegged at 14,330.
Ghana's active cases currently stand at 4,491 withÂ 117 deaths.