Covid-19: 1,030 persons quarantined in Ghana

Terminal 3 of the Kotoka airport
Terminal 3 of the Kotoka airport

A total number of 1,030 travelers have been quarantined in Ghana, the National Security revealed on Tuesday.

An official of the national security O.B Dickson at a press conference said a psychologist has also been employed to counsel all those in quarantine at the various isolation centers in the capital.

Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo announced in an address to the nation that all borders – air, land and sea – will be closed to human traffic from Sunday midnight in a bid to contain the Covid-19 disease.

“This closure will not apply to goods, supplies and cargo,” he said in the address.

He said anybody who arrives in the country within the next two weeks will undergo “mandatory quarantine” and tested for the coronavirus.

According to Immigration officials, 21 persons have been arrested on the Elubo border for attempting to enter Ghana illegally.

27 cases

Covid-19 cases in Ghana has hit 27 as of March 23, 2020, according to the Ghana Health Service.

One more death has been recorded making it two in the country.

In a statement, the GHS said a total of 521 suspected cases have been tested for COVID-19 by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).

Out of the suspected, 27 cases including two deaths have been confirmed. All the 25 confirmed cases are receiving treatment in isolation.

Among the confirmed cases, 20 are of Ghanaian nationality, majority of whom returned home from affected countries. Seven 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 of the contacts developed symptoms and has been confirmed positive.

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

Source: Daily Mail GH

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