Secretary-General For AfCfTA Tests Negative After His Initial Positive Results

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The African Free Continental Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat has announced during a statement on Tuesday April 27 that the Secretary General Wamkele Mene, has tested negative for coronavirus after his initial positive status.

The statement said “A routine antigen test, was performed on H.E Wamkele Mene, at Kotoka International Airport upon his return from a mission outside the country. This antigen test returned Covid-19 positive result.

“Following the initial positive test result , His Excellency took precautionary steps and went into quarantine whilst receiving guidance and advice from his medical team.

“His medical team advised him to undergo further independent PCR tests. Consequently, His Excellency undertook two independent tests, from two different private labs.

“Both independent PCR tests returned a negative result, clearing the Secretary General of Covid 19. It appears that the Covid-19 antigen test that was conducted at the airport produced a false positive result.”

It added “In addition, it’s worth noting that nearly 2 weeks ago, His Excellency received the Johnson & Johnson (J & J) vaccine, which should provide him with a further measure of protection. His Excellency continues to stick to all or any prescribed Covid 19 protocols.

“He will participate altogether the upcoming events, namely: (i) the Inaugural Meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body Committee (DSB) meeting happening from Monday 26 April 2021 until Wednesday 28th April 2021; and (ii) the meeting of Senior Trade Officials from the 29th April to 1st May 2021 and therefore the Council of Minister’s meeting on Monday the 3rd May 2021.

“The AfCFTA Secretariat, continues to encourage all staff and stakeholders to be vigilant and cling to prescribed Covid 19 protocols. Stay Safe.”