Eastern Region records first COVID-19 Case

Eastern Region records first COVID-19 Case

The Eastern Region of Ghana has recorded its first case of COVID-19.

This brings the total number of affected regions to five out of a total of 16 regions.

According to the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu the case was confirmed at Kpong in the Lower Manya Krobo District.

Although we expect to get the details of the case, he gave an assurance that the patient has been taken into care.

What is the total number of cases?

As at 8:00 am today, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 195 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the country.

The number includes five deaths and 3 recoveries.

Also, about 31 patients have also been discharged from hospitals and receiving home management pending further tests to confirm their negative status from COVID-19.

Until the further test proves negative, then they will be added to the total number of recovered patients which currently pegs at three.

Breakdown of cases by regions

Greater Accra Region – 174

Northern Region – 10

Ashanti Region – 9

Upper West Region – 1

Eastern Region – 1

Restrictions in the Eastern Region

Following President Nana Akufo-Addo’s directive for the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area including Tema and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area to be put on lockdown for two weeks in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19, there were reports of mass movement of people to the Eastern Region.

The development forced some assemblies in the region to mount roadblocks to check the influx of people.

The assemblies are the Juaben South, Akuapem North, Akuapem South and Okere Municipal Assemblies.

In a joint statement, the four Assemblies said there would be 15 checkpoints for that exercise.

“We wish to assure all our stakeholders that these measures are taken in the interest of the people and citizens would only last for two weeks subject to review and that all the steps taken would help mitigate the impact of influx of people from other parts of the country that could possibly lead to the spread of the virus in the municipalities and district. It is therefore expected that as law-abiding citizens, we should cooperate with the assemblies to ensure that lives are protected and together, we shall overcome this too,” the Assemblies said.