Coronavirus: Akufo Addo has not tested positive – Information Minister

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The Minister of Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has denied rumors that President Akufo-Addo has tested positive for Coronavirus(COVID-19).

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, to update the public on the cases of Coronavirus confirmed in Ghana, the Minister warned the public to desist from publishing false information on the matter.

Some online portals earlier this week reported that President Nana Akufo-Addo and the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo had tested positive for Coronavirus.

That publication came after controversial social commentator, Kelvin Ebo Taylor stated in a broadcast that a source at the seat of government, the Jubilee House had whispered to him that the president had tested positive for the virus.

However Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah refuted that claim.

“There are those who even in these trying times take delight in fabricating stories and throwing them out there on social media sometimes for political purposes and sometimes for humour. We would want to discourage that as much as possible. There are stories going around that the President and some ministers have tested positive [for Coronavirus]. You have seen it on social media. It is not true,” he said.

The Information Minister advised individuals with media platforms to help in the dissemination of relevant information that will help halt the spread of the virus.

“We will like to encourage that if you have access to a platform, use it to encourage compliance with preventive etiquettes so that we can save as many lives as possible,” he added.

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