Raymond Amankwah, whose life and alleged business activities featured prominently in Nana Akufo-Addo quest to become president, has died.
He is said to have died in Mozambique, where he has been residing since he was released from jail about six years ago.
Mr Amakwa, was said to have died while on treatment for COVID-19.
Mr Amakwah, said to be an in-law of then Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) made headlines in the round up to the 2008 Presidential election, when his alleged narcotic drugs business found its way into the electioneering campaign.
Mr Amakwah, who at the time was said to have been locked up in a Brazilian jail over drugs, was tied to the then NPP, although he was said to be closer to Edward Akufo-Addo alias “Bumpty”, younger brother of President Akufo-Addo.
Meanwhile, there are claims that a party held for President Akufo-Addo by Bumpty at the latter’s house to mark his senior brother’s second term in office has become their waterloo with many of the attendees hospitalized with COVID-19.
So far “Bumpty” and his wife, Irene are mentioned to be in the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Ghana Medical Centre at Legon in Accra.
There are reports that about 40 people who attended the Presidential Party are in hospital, among them is a lady said to be the mother of Jean Mensah.
There are claims that, household staff of the attendees, have been infected with the virus; even drivers, waiters and others have contracted the disease.
Government is currently contemplating whether the country may be heading for tighter restrictions and a possible lockdown should the Covid-19 cases continue to rise.
At a press briefing Monday, Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, stated that considering the current trend where an average of 200 persons test positive for the virus daily, the imposition of restrictions should be anticipated.
“Yes, there is a possibility of some more restriction being introduced especially with regard to how this trend is going. If these numbers keep rising where the average daily increases to 210- 250 that means in five days we will be hitting about 1000 plus.
“So if it continues, then as the President himself articulated; then we are heading for more restrictions and if it means reviewing some of the legal instruments [we will do so].”
His comment comes after the Ghana Health Service (GHS) confirmed that the Covid-19 virus has now spread to all 16 regions of the country, with Greater Accra, Ashanti and Western Regions – the biggest hotspots.
In the latest update, the Service indicated that as many as 695 were recorded on January 21, increasing the active cases from 3,286 to 3,525 and total case count of 61,498.
This has raised concerns among many Ghanaians prompting calls by some scientists and experts on government to impose restrictions in some parts of the country, particularly the capital, to contain the virus.
Meanwhile, Mr Oppong-Nkrumah, has urged the general public to adhere strictly to the Covid-19 protocols to ensure that the rise in the number of active cases in the country is quickly contained.
According to him, “the dynamics of this third rise appears to be a bit different from the first two that we witnessed, including the number of people who are falling sick and it is severe and critical as we have discussed.”