Coronavirus: Ghana’s Case Count Rises To 52

Ghana’s coronavirus case count has risen to from 27 to 52. This was disclosed by the country’s Minister for Health, Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, at a press briefing Tuesday morning.

The 25 new cases were confirmed after respiratory residue samples taken from travellers who have been mandatorily quarantined tested positive. 

According to Mr Agyemang-Manu, 1030 travellers had been mandatorily quarantined since Sunday. Out of the number, residue samples have been taken from 611. After completing testing on 185, about 14 per cent, 25, tested positive.

“Out of the 185 test results received, we have 25 of those quarantined tested positive. If we add on to the earlier number of 27, it means we have 52 people testing positive in our country at the moment,” Mr Agyemang-Manu said.

The Minister for Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said testing is still ongoing for travellers who have been quarantined.

Ghana’s index cases of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, was announced on March 12, 2020. Subsequent to that, two deaths have been recorded. 

Mandatory Quarantine and Border closure

Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had on Saturday, March 21, 2020, directed a total closure of all its borders to human traffic with effect from Sunday, March 22, 2020. The president said the move was to aid prevent the spread of the Covid-19.

“All our borders, that is, by land, sea and air, will be closed to human traffic for the next two weeks beginning midnight on Sunday,” he said.

Travellers who arrive before the directive took effect were to undergo mandatory quarantine and Covid-19 testing.

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