Coronavirus confirmed cases in Ghana hit nine

Nine cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo announced today, Thursday, March 19, 2020.

“…We also learned, sadly on Wednesday, that 3 Ghanaians living abroad had lost their lives as a result. With 9 confirmed cases of infections, we might as well count ourselves lucky as one of the countries least hit by the Coronavirus,” he added.

This was made known during a Presidential Prayer Breakfast Meeting with Christian leaders in Ghana at the Jubilee House.

As of Wednesday, March 18, cases recorded were seven. Later the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah with a post on his Twitter page, announced two extra cases were recorded overnight.

“Unfortunately, we have confirmed two more cases overnight. Ghana’s case count is now at 9. Health services are still managing all suspected and confirmed cases well,” he added.

Both cases according to the government were once again imported.

Update on two additional COVID-19 cases

According to the Ghana Health Service, the two additional cases involved a 56-year-old Ghanaian who travelled back to Accra from the UK and a 33-year-old who also came to Ghana from a UAE conference

“On the 18th March, we received another report from NMIMR indicating two (2) more confirmed cases from the Greater Accra Region. Both are imported cases. One is a 56-year-old man, a Ghanaian who travelled back to Accra from a trip to the UK about a week ago. The other is a 33-year-old Ghanaian, who returned to Accra from a conference in UAE. Both cases are receiving treatment in isolation.”

The Ghana Health Service, however, indicated that no deaths have been recorded so far.

The number of contact-tracing now at 399

It also added that 399 contacts have been identified as persons who came into contact with the affected individuals.

“There is no death, yesterday, we received notification from KCCR indicating two (2) newly confirmed in Kumasi, on contact tracing, a total of 399 contacts have been identified and are being followed up. Nineteen (19) of the contacts developed some forms of symptoms and samples have taken for laboratory testing. We have received results for 15 of them which are all negative for COVID-19 and we are awaiting results for four (4) of them. Currently, there is no death and all the nine (9) confirmed COVID-19 cases are being managed in isolation and are responding well to treatment.”