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After two-day break, Ghana records coronavirus cases again

After two days of coronavirus respite, coronavirus infections in  Ghana have struck back.

Ghana recorded nine more cases on Tuesday, after last confirming an infection on Sunday.

The two-day break in recorded cases is heartwarming news, but with cases reaching 161, Ghana is yet to record a fall in the coronavirus curve.

On Sunday, March 29, 2020, 11 cases were reported – 10 of which were from the Northern Regional capital, Tamale, and the other from the Ashanti Region.

The 10 were Guinean nationals who entered the country through Burkina Faso and Togo. These two West African countries have also been affected by the pandemic which has so far claimed over 21, 000 lives across the world.

10 Guineans who sneaked into Tamale test positive for coronavirus

This means Ghana’s confirmed cases of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, still stands at 152(on Sunday) with five deaths and two recoveries.

Ghana recorded its first cases of COVID-19 on March 12, 2020.  Since then, its infectious curve shot up.

The first two cases involved Norway’s Ambassador to Ghana and a Ghanaian. They had returned from Norway and Turkey, which at the time had recorded some cases of the virus.

The two tested positive for the virus after a test was conducted at the Noguchi memorial institute for medical research.

March 13, 2020

Two additional cases were recorded on this day. This brought the total number of COVID-19 cases to four.

March 14, 2020

Two cases were confirmed.

March 15, 2020

Four new cases were recorded on March 15. This means Ghana’s total number of cases tripled after the first two were recorded on March 12.

Among the patients was a 56-year-old Ghanaian, who returned from a trip to the UK on March 4 after staying there for 10 days. After arriving in Ghana, he developed symptoms on March 12 and reported to a hospital in Obuasi.

His samples were taken and tested in Kumasi, which turned out to be a positive case of COVID-19.

On Friday, March 13, a suspected coronavirus case at the Nyaho Clinic was detected and declared positive after tests at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR).

Checks by theghanareport.com revealed that the student had travelled from Dallas, US, to Accra on Monday, March 9. She had been to the campus of the University of Ghana (UG) and attended lectures at both the Business School  (G2) lecture hall and the School of Pharmacy new laboratory and lecture halls.

President Akufo-Addo announced the closure of all public and private schools, religious activities and social gathering.

Akufo-Addo shuts all schools; bans funerals, church and mosque gatherings

 

March 17, 2020

On this day, Ghana recorded its seventh case. The patient was a 35-year-old male, a Ghanaian citizen who returned to Accra from France.  According to the health authorities, the seventh case was an imported case since he had returned from a country the disease hit which.

March 18, 2020

Ghana recorded two more cases bringing its total number of coronavirus cases to nine. According to the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the cases were recorded in the night.

A statement on the Ghana Health Service’s website said one patient 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 the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to the GHS, both are imported cases adding that patients are currently receiving treatment in isolation.

March 19, 2020

Two more cases were recorded on this day, bringing Ghana’s case count to 11.

The two cases were recorded in Kumasi in the Ashanti region and involved a 59-year old woman and a 61-year old Lebanese.

The tests conducted at the Kumasi centre for collaborative research for infectious diseases and confirmed the infections.

The woman returned from the UK and reported at a private hospital with fever, cough and running nose. She had a temperature of 39 °C, checking the list of symptoms for coronavirus.

The 61-year Lebanese is a male trader who also reported a fever and a temperature of 39.4-degree celsius.

March 20, 2020

Within 24 hours after Ghana recorded its 11th case, five more cases were recorded. All five cases were community infections.

The infected persons included a 29-year-old Ghanaian lady; a resident of Accra with no history of travel.

Then there is a 34-year-old Ghanaian lady resident of Accra; contact of a confirmed case at the place of work.

53-year-old Ghanaian male resident of Tema; no history of travel, no evidence of close contact with a confirmed case.

41-year-old Ghanaian male; arrived in Ghana by KLM on the 15 March 2020; indicated exposure to family members in Amsterdam exhibiting respiratory symptoms and also on the flight with some passengers sneezing and coughing; sample confirmed positive in the laboratory.

36-year-old Ghanaian male; resident of Paris, France; date of arrival in Ghana unconfirmed; no evidence of contact with an infected person.This brought the total number of cases to 16 with no death.

March 21, 2020

Ghana’s rate of infections steadily begun to rise as it recorded three more cases, bringing its tally to 19.

Two were reported from the Greater Accra Region and one from the Ashanti Region.

The first was a 55-year-old Ghanaian woman who returned from the UK within the last two weeks.

The other was an 84-year-old Ghanaian female resident of the United Kingdom and the last a 27-year-old Chinese male. He returned to Ghana and went to the Ashanti Region.

This was also the day Ghana recorded its first COVID-19 death. The victim, Tarik Minkara, was a 61-year old male Lebanese national who tested positive for the virus and died at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.

Ghana records first COVID-19 death

 

March 22, 2020

Ghana’s case count increased to 24 on March 22. Out of this, 17 of the patients were Ghanaians and the other seven from different countries; Norway, China, Lebanon, France, and the UK.

March 23, 2020

We recorded a second coronavirus death on this day with three new cases recorded. The official website providing updates on Ghana’s COVID-19 cases did not provided details of the deceased.

But a statement from the website said all 27 cases were being managed in isolation.

March 24, 2020

The total number of COVID-19 cases on this day saw a major rise from 27 to 53.

The Ghana Health Service said the sudden spike in case incidence was as a result of the mandatory quarantine and compulsory testing for all travellers entering Ghana, as directed by the president.

March 25, 2020

In less than 24 hours after the last update on the previous day, 15 additional cases were recorded in Ghana.

This means on March 25, Ghana’s cases stood at 63 and still with two deaths.

This was also the day Ghana recorded its first coronavirus recovery–A Chinese man who was discharged from the Agogo Government Hospital.

Ghana records first coronavirus ‘recovery’

March 26, 2020

A total of fifty-four (54) cases including three (3) deaths were reported in Ghana. This brought the total number of cases to 132.

According to the Ghana Health Service, the cases were confirmed from the regular surveillance systems.

The GHS explained that all three persons who “unfortunately succumbed to the disease were aged and had underlying chronic medical conditions”.

March 27, 2020

Five additional cases and one more death was recorded on this day. This brought the total number of deaths to four.

On this day, the Upper West Region recorded its first case of coronavirus.

The patient, who is a Ghanaian, returned to the country eight days earlier after he had visited Spain and the UK.

March 28, 2020

One hundred and forty-one (141) persons had tested positive for the coronavirus as of March 27.

Out of the total number of cases recorded, 79 were from those in mandatory quarantine who had arrived from infected countries.

March 29, 2020
Eleven new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Ghana.

Ten (10) of the new cases were among persons who were under mandatory quarantine in Tamale under the direction of the Regional Security Council of the Northern Region.

The 10 cases were Guinean residents who traveled through Burkina Faso and Togo to Ghana and were picked following intelligence report. The eleventh case was recorded in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

March 30, 2020

As of  March 30,  2020, at 8.30 am, no new cases of COVID-19 had been reported since the last update at 11 am on March 29 2020.

The Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research tested 17 samples from the Upper East (3), North East (3) and Ashanti (11) regions, all of which were Negative. No new test results had been received from Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research since the last update.

The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ghana stood  at 152 with five deaths as of  March 30, 2020 at 8.30 am.

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