By Adam Abu-bashal

ABUJA, Nigeria

The President of Ghana isolated himself after coming into contact with an associate who tested positive for the coronavirus, according to an official statement Saturday.

“President Nana Akufo-Addo will today begin a 14 day precautionary self-isolation measure in compliance with COVID-19 protocols,” the Information Ministry said in a statement. “This is because a member of his close circle tested positive for the novel coronavirus.”

Ghana reported 19,388 coronavirus cases and confirmed 117 deaths.

Since first appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 188 countries and regions.

The pandemic has killed more than 528,300 people worldwide, with an excess of 11.1 million confirmed cases and greater than 6 million recoveries, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

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