A bodyguard of Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio has tested positive for coronavirus, forcing him into a 14-day self-isolation, according to reports from the country.
Spokesman to the president confirmed the development to journalists and said the president is in good health and was going to be working from home during the period.
No one in the household of the first family had, however, shown any symptoms related to the virus.
“The EOC is testing all contacts of one of my security staff who had been in a 14-day quarantine and has tested positive for #COVIDー19. My government will continue to be transparent and urges citizens to protect themselves by following all hygiene and other protocols,” the president posted on Twitter.
Sierra Leone has up till date 43 cases of coronavirus, 6 recoveries and no deaths. Yesterday (April 20) was the 6th consecutive day Sierra Leone recorded new cases, 8 cases were confirmed.
The figure represented an increase of more than 200% from five days ago. Six of the eight cases were from the capital Freetown and one each from Kenema and Port Loko districts.
President Maada Bio becomes the second known African leader to self-isolate, the first being Botswana president Eric Masisi who self-isolated after attending an inauguration ceremony in Namibia. At the time his country was uninfected whiles Namibia had recorded three cases.