Ghana coronavirus cases now 161

Ghana coronavirus cases

Ghana coronavirus cases now 161. According to the Ministry of Health, Ghana’s coronavirus cases have not gone up to 161. Below is the statement from the Ghana Health Service

As at 31 st March 2020, 15:00 hrs, nine (9) new cases of COVID-19 have been reported from NMIMR since the last update at 08:30hrs on 30th March 2020. All nine (9) were reported from Accra, three (3) of them travelled to Ghana within the past 14 days from Germany, France and Hungary respectively but for six (6) of them there is no history of travel outside.

The Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) also reported on tests from 77 samples including samples from 41 asymptomatic contacts of a case from Tamale Teaching Hospital and all are NEGATIVE for COVID-19.

This brings up to a total of 161 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ghana, including five (5) deaths as of 31 st March 2020 at 15:00Hr.

Three (3) of the confirmed cases have fully recovered and reverted to negative status for COVID-19 after repeat test following recovery from symptoms. As at 31st March 2020, additional thirty-one (31) confirmed cases have significantly improved with no symptoms and have been discharged from admission for home care pending repetition of laboratory tests. This adds to the 18 that were earlier being managed from home and bring the number of cases on home care to forty-nine (49).

Processes for enhanced contact tracing and laboratory testing have been initiated. A total of 1,185 contacts have been identified and are being followed up.

**All five (5) deaths had underlying chronic medical conditions prior to COVID-19 infection



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Data Source: Ghana Health Service

As the days go by, the country is expected to contain and treat those found to be positive.

What might impede the efforts of the Ghana Health Service according to experts are the attitude of some Ghanaians who are not abiding by the protocols that have been spelt out.

Lots of people traveled outside the capital city of Accra into other parts of the country which were not part of the partial lockdown areas.

In a city like Koforidua, people were briskly doing business within the central business district without a concern for social distancing.

As of the time of putting this piece together, a letter sighted on social media was making rounds, supposedly coming from a number of districts and municipalities withing the Eastern Region who have agreed to institute checkpoints in their various communities to have commuters mandatorily checked.

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