Ghana’s Coronavirus Cases Rise to 11

Coronavirus Africa
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Two more cases of the COVID-19 have been confirmed in Ghana bringing the total to eleven.

According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), the new cases were recorded in the Ashanti region.

In a statement released on Thursday afternoon, officials of the GHS said the two cases were also imported like the nine cases previously confirmed.

The patients are a 59-year-old Ghanaian woman resident in the United Kingdom and a 61-year-old Lebanese male trader living in Kumasi.

Blood samples analysed by the Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research (KCCR) tested positive to the virus, after the two individuals showed symptoms and reported to health facilities in Kumasi.

Read the full release below

On 19 March 2020, we received notification from KCCR indicating two (2) newly confirmed cases in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

-The first is a 59-year-old Ghanaian woman, resident in the United Kingdom who recently returned to Ghana and currently living in Kumasi, reported to a private hospital with the history of fever (temp of 39.1oC), general malaise, cough and runny nose.

Her condition was suspected to be COVID-19. Sample was subsequently collected and sent to KCCR and the report was received this early morning as positive for COVID-19.

-The second case is a 61-year-old Lebanese male trader and resident in Kumasi. He felt unwell and reported to a health facility with fever (temp 39.4oC), and cough. The sample tested positive for COVID-19.

-Both case patients are being managed in isolation and responding to treatment.

So far the confirmed cases in Ghana are from Turkey, Norway, Germany, France, United States of America, United Kingdom (UK) and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

With regards to contact tracing, a total of 399 contacts have been identified and are being followed up. Nineteen of the contacts developed some forms of symptoms and samples were taken for laboratory testing.

We have received laboratory results for 15 of them which are all negative for COVID-19 and we are awaiting results for the four others.

Contact identification and tracking for the newly confirmed cases have just started.

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