Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio started his 14-day quarantine on Monday after revelations that his bodyguard tested positive for coronavirus, the president’s spokesperson confirmed.
According to the President’s televised address, he assured Sierra Leoneans the precautionary measure was taken even though neither he nor any of his family member was affected by the virus as no symptoms had developed yet.
The development comes amid rising cases of the virus in the country.
As of 21 April, 2020 Sierra Leone confirmed eight new cases on a single day bringing the total to 43 recorded cases. And on a positive note, there have been six discharged patients after recoveries and no deaths.
The president’s spokesperson confirmed the president’s unnamed security staffer had been quarantined for 14 days after which the EOC results revealed he had the virus.
Sierra Leone president Maada Bio becomes the second known African leader to self-isolate over Coronavirus fears after Botswana’s Masisi who went on isolation after attending Namibia’s inauguration ceremony.
Speculations on the president’s health went viral amongst Sierra Leoneans after Sunday press conferences were repeatedly postponed at least three times.
Amongst other speculations, they were anticipating another national lockdown extension from the Sierra Leone President address as cases keep shooting up in the region and the surrounding countries.
Guinea, which shares borders with Sierra Leone has over 620 Coronavirus cases with 35 recoveries.
According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control, there are now more than over 24,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 1,193 deaths, and 6,415 recoveries across the continent with just two virus-free countries (Lesotho and Comoros).