Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ghana now 27; death toll hits 2

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ghana now 27; death toll hits 2

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ghana now 27; death toll hits 2. According to the Ghana Health Service, Ghana has now recorded 2 deaths as a result of coronavirus infection.

Situation Update, Confirmed Covid-19 Cases In Ghana As At 23 March 2020

As of 23 March 2020, 14:00 Hr. a total of 521 suspected cases have been tested for COVID-19 by Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).

Out of the suspected, twenty-seven (27) 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.

Nineteen (19) people have completed the 14 days of mandatory follow up.

A deputy Minister of Health, Alexander Abban, told Accra based Citi fm that “the information I got from the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service is that that person [the Lebanese man] has died. He died today.”

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ghana now 27; death toll hits 2

Meanwhile, the Trades Union Congress, TUC has added their voice to calls for a lockdown of the country if that is what it would take for the spread of the virus to be stalled.

“Mr. President, the risk of spread of the virus in Ghana remains high. We need more aggressive measures to protect the people from this deadly virus, including a lockdown if that is what is needed to protect the people,” TUC noted in a letter to President Nana Akufo-Addo signed by its General Secretary, Dr. Yaw Baah.

On the issue of sanitizers which have seen a price hike because of its demand, the TUC added “Only workers performing essentials services should be allowed to work but they should be adequately protected from the infection. The Pharmaceuticals industry and others that produce basic household supplies must be given financials and fiscals incentives to increase production. We strongly suggest that the government should provide sanitizers to all residents in Ghana free of charge or they should be subsidized to make them affordance to everyone, regardless of their income levels,”

Meanwhile various messages have been airing on various Television stations across the country educate citizens on how to stay hygienic and safe.

Credit: Ghana Health Service, Citinewsroom

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