Ghana’s COVID-19 case count hits 204

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Ghana’s COVID-19 case count hits 204. Ghana has recorded nine (9) new cases of COVID-19. This has increased the country’s total coronavirus cases to 204.

This was confirmed in an April 2, 2020 update by the Ghana Health Service.

All the cases were confirmed in the Greater Accra Region.

Out of the 9 new cases, 4 had no travel history nor come into contact with any of the previously confirmed COVID-19 patients.

This new occurrence raises major concerns of a possible spark of community infections and transfer.

 

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“Four (4) of them have no history of travel nor contact with any confirmed case. The other four (4) have no travel history but are contacts of confirmed cases in Ghana; and one travelled to Ghana from Benin within the past 14 days,” the Ghana Health Service noted.

In an update on the Ghana Health Service’s portal, the latest statement said “As at 2 nd April 2020, Ghana has recorded 204 cases COVID-19 with five (5) deaths. The number of regions reporting cases remains five (5) (Greater Accra, Ashanti, Northern, Upper West and Eastern). The Greater Accra Region has most of the cases (183) followed by the Northern Region (10), Ashanti Region (9), Upper West Region (1) and Eastern Region (1).”

The statement further added that “Most of the cases are reported from routine / enhanced surveillance activities. Cases from travellers under mandatory quarantine remain 89.”

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

As of Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 4,560 COVID-19 tests had been done in the country.

The Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Badu Sarkodie in a press brief said 4,225 of the tests were done at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Accra while 335 of the tests were done in the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research into Tropical Medicine (KCCR) in Kumasi.

Meanwhile, the government is increasing the testing of suspected cases this week as part of more aggressive measures to halt the spread of the virus in Ghana.

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