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Ghana: 11 coronavirus cases confirmed, 30 foreign nationals disallowed entry

The Ghana Health Service has confirmed two more cases of the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana adding up to make nine.

According to the Health Service, 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 39.1 degrees celsius), 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.

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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 39.4 degrees celsius), and cough. The sample tested positive for COVID-19.

Both case patients are being managed in isolation and responding to treatment,” the Ministry’s website disclosed.

The Ministry earlier today announced two cases recorded in the Greater Accra Region.

This brings to a total, eleven cases recorded as at 15:00 hours in the country.

However, the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has cautioned that the next two weeks would be very critical in determining if the widespread disease will rise to community level or otherwise.

“The health experts tell us that the next two weeks are going to be critical in determining whether or not we are going to get significant community spread. They tell us that the general theory pandemic management is that often it is likely the numbers go up a bit before it curves or the situation gets better.

“Therefore, they are bracing for the possibility of some limited recordings of more cases in the medium term but they continue to assure us that the systems they are putting together and continue to ramp-up are such that we will be able to contain it and hold this virus in check,” he told journalists present.

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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).

Ghana has so far disallowed 30 foreign nationals from entering the country as it enforces travel restrictions on people coming from countries with more than 200 confirmed cases of the COVID-19.

They include 24 Chinese, two Italians, two Australians, a German and a Nigerian. Twenty-six of them were refused to disembark at the Kotoka International Airport while the remaining four were not allowed entry at the Aflao Border Post.


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