Six out of the nine COVID-19 cases confirmed in the Volta Region have been reported to be from foreigners who illegally entered Ghana at least two weeks ago.
In a statement by the Volta Regional Coordinating Council, the six were travellers from Nigeria “who had entered Ghana through unapproved routes along the Ghana – Togo border near Aflao.”
“They were apprehended and have been under mandatory quarantine for the past fourteen days,” the council noted in a statement.
A statement from the Ketu South Municipal Assembly further indicated that “efforts are being made through the Ministry of National Security for their repatriation to their home country.”
Residents urged to remain calm by the assembly
According to the assembly, residents should remain calm since the identification of cases is pragmatic steps taken to quarantine such persons who have tested positive for the virus.
“The number of recorded cases should not alarm you but rather give you hope that pragmatic measures put in place to quarantine these individuals have yielded positive results.”
“Those who had contact with them are therefore advised to quickly try to self-isolate while we continue to contact trace to identify all those who might have come into contact with them,” the assembly added.
What about the remaining three cases?
However, the assembly noted that the other three other cases are Ghanaian nationals comprising a 48-year-old man, a 22-year-old pregnant woman and a 32-year-old man.
The Volta Regional Coordinating Council noted that:
“All three cases confirmed in routine surveillance are not known contacts of COVID-19 cases.”
The 48-year-old man returned to Ho from Accra, the pregnant woman returned to Hohoe from Ashaiman while the 32-year-old man, on the other hand, travelled to Hohoe from Tema.
Ghana’s case count
A total of 566 novel coronavirus cases have so far been recorded in Ghana with eight deaths and four recoveries.
In total, 10 out of 16 regions have so far recorded cases of COVID-19 in the country.
The Greater Accra Region has the most cases with 452; the Ashanti Region, 49; Eastern Region, 32; Northern Region, 10; Volta Region, nine; Upper West Region, seven; Upper East Region, four; North East Region, one; Western Region, one and the Central Region with one.