Three days after President Akufo-Addo went into self-isolation for coming into contact with a Covid-19 patient, Senior Minister Osafo Marfo has tested positive for the virus.

Addressing the press during its weekly update, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the minister had given permit for his status to be disclosed to the public.

According to him,:

“The Senior Minister has been informed that his sample given for testing has returned positive . He will therefore as of today (June 7, 2020) commence treatment for covid-19 from home.”

While updating the nation on the current status of the president who is believed to be in isolation at the Presidential Villa of the Jubilee House, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah also wished persons battling with the virus including the Senior Minister a speedy recovery.

“Our best wishes remain with him and all who battling the virus”

The Senior Minister joins a long list of government officials who have tested positive for the virus.

After the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu who is currently recovering from the disease that had him hospitalised for a few days, the CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr Lydia Dsane-Selby and former Deputy Trade and Industry Ministry Minister Carlos Ahenkorah have contracted the disease.

The NPP Campaign Manager for the 2020 elections is also receiving treatment at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after testing positive.

Two government officials have, however, succumbed to the disease.

On July 1, 2020 the CEO of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John died from Covid-19 complications at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital where he had been in intensive care.

Last month, Sekondi-Takoradi Mayor, Kobina Kurentsi Sam died at the University of Ghana Medical Centre after being rushed there for treatment for Covid-19.