CORONAVIRUS: GHANA’S CASE RISES TO FIFTY-TWO(52), RECORDING TWO (2) DEATHS
The whole world has come to a standstill with regards to the current outbreak of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. This disease is known to have emerged from the Asian continent precisely China which has claimed many lives and on the verge of adding up more. Most European countries have recorded large number of confirmed cases and still counting to this effect.
On the other hand, the African continent has also began recording cases on COVID-19 where Ghana is not exempted. As of 23rd March, 2020; a total of 521 suspected cases have been tested for COVID-19 according to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).
Out of the suspected,Fifty-two (52) cases including two (2) deaths have been confirmed. All the twenty-five (25) confirmed cases are receiving treatment in isolation. Among the confirmed cases, twenty (20) are of Ghanaian nationality, majority of whom returned home from affected countries. Seven (7) are of other nationals namely: Norway, Lebanon, China, France, UK.
In respect of contact tracing, a total of 598 contacts have been identified and are being tracked. One (1) of the contacts developed symptoms and has been confirmed positive.