Former President Jerry John Rawlings has shut down his office in Accra.

A statement by the ex-President said the decision is to protect his staff and visitors in the wake of COVID-19 spread in Ghana.

“The office of His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings, former President of the Republic, wishes to announce the immediate closure of the office.

“The closure is due to the unfortunate spread of the Covid-19 virus. The decision which is aimed at protecting staff and potential visitors will be reviewed after two weeks.

“The former President once again urges all Ghanaians to be mindful of their personal discipline and care as we work to combat the disease. He calls on all to wear their masks, maintain appropriate social distancing, cough etiquette and general hygiene protocols,” the statement said.

This comes on the heels of similar shut downs of state organisations on the back of the spike in the virus infections.

The Finance Ministry, BOST and COCOBOD among others have closed down.