Ghana’s confirmed COVID-19 cases have come to 195, after testing 4,560 people for the virus, Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Minister of Health, has announced.
The testing was done at two centres – Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).
Out of the confirmed cases, three have recovered, 49 discharged (but would have to undergo series of tests and being managed from the home by health professionals), and five are dead.
Mr. Agyeman-Manu was giving an update of the disease outbreak that has caused disruption to the way of life and economies across the world, at a media briefing in Accra.
The pathogen has been reported in five out of Ghana’s 16 regions – Greater Accra, 174 cases, Northern 10, Ashanti, nine, and one each, in the Upper West and Eastern.
Global infection of the flu-like virus has hit over 800,000 with about 40,000 killed.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as part of scaled-up measures to contain and stop the spread of the coronavirus disease has imposed a two-week restriction on the movement of people in some areas in the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions.
The shelter in place, took effect at 0100 hours, on Monday.
He had earlier directed the closure of the country’s borders to human traffic, suspended public gatherings, shut down schools, imposed travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine.