Ghana records seventh confirmed COVID-19

Ghana has confirmed another COVID-19, bringing the total of the respiratory disease to seven, as of 1500 hours, on Tuesday, March 17.

The patient is a 35-year-old Ghanaian male who returned from France to the Greater Accra Region about 14 days ago.

The case is being managed in isolation and he is in stable condition.

According to information posted on the official national website, devoted to educating and updating the public on the global pandemic, a total of 350 contacts had been identified with regard to contact tracing, with the follow up on the contacts underway.

However, there has been no confirmed local transmission, it said, as two of the contacts who developed symptoms, had their samples tested but they came out to be negative.

“Currently, there is no death and all the seven confirmed COVID-19 cases are being managed in isolation and are in stable condition”.

So far, a total of 143 suspected cases have been tested for COVID-19 by Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).

The NMIMR and KCCR, it said, had been equipped with resources to continue testing of suspected cases.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Health and relevant stakeholders met the Parliamentary Select Committee to deliberate on current progress and what GOG/MOH and other relevant MDAs were doing to ensure the safety of Ghanaians with regard to the pandemic.

The Government has provided the cedi equivalent of 100 million dollars to contain the disease and prevent its spread.

It has also announced a series of escalated measures, including the indefinite closure of all schools and a ban on social gatherings with large numbers for four weeks.

Travel restrictions have also been imposed, especially from countries, which have recorded more than 200 cases.

Self-quarantine and testing protocols have also been initiated for Ghana from such countries.

Meanwhile, the public have been advised to limit their close contact interactions and observe good personal hygiene.

These include coughing or sneezing into disposable tissues or their flexed elbows; washing their hands with soap regularly under running water or using high alcohol-based hand sanitizers and maintaining at least two metres of a distance from people who cough.

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