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Ghana’s Deputy Trade Minister Carlos Ahenkorah who tested positive for the coronavirus but still went ahead to deliberately socialize has resigned.

The minister who is also a member of parliament admitted visiting a centre for the ongoing voters’ registration exercise with the virus.

Mr. Ahenkorah said he was aware of his status but couldn’t isolate at the time in order not to create panic among his constituents.

He was subsequently isolated at Ghana’s premier health facility together with the campaign coordinator of the ruling party and the CEO of the Forestry Commission who later died on Wednesday.

Despite criticisms the lawmaker has defended his presence in public.

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He told local media that “I decided to see how some of the centres were just operating. So, I stepped out into town a bit. It didn’t mean I couldn’t go out.”

“My test results had shown I was positive a week ago and after one week, my doctors said I could step out. Except that I needed to wear my mask and observe social distancing,” the lawmaker said.

Mr. Ahenkorah said he is asymptomatic and cannot merely infect others.

But he has now been forced to resign by the presidency of Ghana with a statement indicating that the president has accepted his resignation.

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There was a huge public outrage in Ghana over the decision of a minister with coronavirus to still mingle with people.

Ghanaians are angry

But his action and subsequent defense have not gone down with many Ghanaians who have taken to social media to condemn him demand that he is sanctioned.

 

Ghana: Two MPs and 13 staff test positive for Covid-19

 

Source: Africafeeds.com

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