Two Nigeriens who were arrested by police officers during the lockdown period have tested positive for COVID-19.
According to police, the two were stopped while onboard in a taxi cab with their luggage and could not give tangible reasons for their movement hence, sparking suspicion for their arrest.
Further investigations by police triggered a medical test on them at the Ridge Hospital.
In a narration by Citi FM’s Umaru Sanda Amadu, he said:
“on April 5, they [Police] found them moving with a taxi driver. The police noticed that there were inconsistencies in their answers. When asked where they were coming from, they said they came from Niger and had their luggage on them. The police took them into custody and then to the Police hospital and eventually to the Ridge Hospital where they had their samples taken.”
Their results came out COVID-19 positive.
“The police took them to a secluded holding area and on Saturday, [April 13] the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) returned with the result of their test and it turned out that they were positive,” he said.
Meanwhile, officials of the Ga East Municipal Hospital in Accra have picked up the two persons with an ambulance for treatment at the facility dedicated to the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Increase in confirmed cases as a result of efforts by governments – Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
Meanwhile, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has attributed the increase in confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus in Ghana to enhanced tracing and testing efforts instituted by the government.
Mr Nkrumah pointed out that other measures such as the mandatory quarantine systems have helped to detect hidden COVID-19 cases in the country.
The Minister pointed out that these cases would have gone undetected if these “enhanced” measures had not been introduced.
“It is interesting to note that if we hadn’t as a country stepped up our approach to be ahead and go after the virus we would be reporting only 292 cases by now. The mix of measures to aggressively go in search of it while limiting importation is the reason for which we have found 274 more cases.”
“The enhanced tracing and testing coupled with the mandatory quarantine systems are yielding results. Had we not adopted this approach, the 274 extra will be with us potentially continuously spreading the virus. We encourage all persons to comply with the measures and spread more knowledge and facts to help us all,” the Minister tweeted.
A total of 566 novel coronavirus cases have so far been recorded in Ghana with eight deaths and four recoveries.
The Greater Accra Region has the greatest number of cases – 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.