It’s negative – Ursula breaks news of husband’s Covid-19 test

Flashback: Ursula Owusu-Ekuful at the Meet-The-Press

Husband of Ghana’s Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu Ekuful has tested negative of the deadly Covid-19 disease.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekufful announced the outcome of the test via Facebook on Sunday.

“Suspected Covid-19 specimen for SAM EKUFFUL submitted on 21/03/2020 tested NEGATIVE for SARS-COV-2 virus,” she wrote.

Mr Sam Ekufful made headlines after his wife —who doubles as MP for Ablekuma West confirmed that he is on a mandatory 14-day self-isolation — after returning to Ghana from the UK.

“We leave his food at the door. If we want to talk to him, we stand at a safe distance away and talk to him, we wave him, he’s okay,” the Ablekuma West MP told Accra-based Joy News.

She added, “It is necessary if we want the COVID-19 pandemic to end. He can’t chat with the kids or sit in the living room you can’t sit in our living room. It is like a self-imposed house arrest.”

The nervousness is now over after the test came out negative. The elated family expressed appreciation to those who showed concern.

Ghana’s Covid-19 updates

As of 22 March 2020, 14:00 Hr. a total of 315 suspected cases have been tested for COVID-19 by Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).

Twenty-four of these have been confirmed at the laboratory as COVID-19. Twenty-three of the confirmed cases are receiving treatment in isolation and one (1) of the cases who had underlying chronic pulmonary condition prior to having COVID-19 has died.

Among the confirmed cases, 17 are of Ghanaian nationality and seven other nationals namely: Norway, Lebanon, China, France, UK.

With regards to contact tracing, a total of 575 contacts have been identified and are being tracked.

One of the contacts developed symptoms and has been confirmed positive.

All the other 23 confirmed cases are being managed in isolation; and are doing well on treatment.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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