Former President Jerry John Rawlings has tested negative for the novel coronavirus.
The former president voluntarily took the test earlier this week.
His office made this known in a press release on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
“Former President Rawlings has in the past few days voluntarily tested for the virus and received a negative result,” the release said.
The press release also announced that the office of the former President was closing down due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It said the move was to curb the spread of the disease.
“The closure of the office is due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic and aimed at protecting both staff and visitors alike,” the release said.
The former President declared his support for the measures taken by the government to curb the spread so far and urged the general public to comply.
Former President Rawlings in confirming the closure also indicated that “isolation is key to protecting ourselves from the COVID-19 virus and it is in support of measures taken by the government to mitigate the spread of the virus”
Confirmed cases in Ghana
Ghana has today, Thursday, March 26, 2020, confirmed a total of 132 persons to have infected with the novel Coronavirus.
This comes after 64 new positive cases were announced by the Ghana Health Service on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
Of the 64 new cases, 40 were confirmed among those under mandatory quarantine while the 20 others were confirmed through the Ghana Health Service’s regular surveillance systems of the local population.
Authorities say all the new patients have been isolated and are receiving treatment.
Find the full press release below