Coronavirus: 381 contacts traced so far – Health Service

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has announced that 381 persons who came into contact with six of  Ghana’s confirmed coronavirus cases have so far been traced.

The Director of Public Health for the service, Dr. Badu Sarkodie, said all seven patients who tested positive for the virus were in a stable condition.

“All seven cases are being managed in isolation, all are in stable condition. We are conducting the contact tracing. The contacts have risen to 381. None of the contacts have been confirmed, as suspected cases, and all of them are being followed up,” he said during a media briefing.

Field officers are yet to produce figures on contacts of the seventh infected person the GHS announced on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Ghana has so far recorded seven cases  – six Ghanaians and one a Norwegian.

Coronavirus: Government confirms seventh victim

The latest patient according to the health service is a 35-year-old Ghanaian who came into the country from France.

The government as part of efforts to contain the spread of the virus in Ghana instituted some travel restrictions against countries which had recorded over 200 cases of the disease.

Two Italian nationals on Tuesday were prevented entry into the country. According to Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the two were not allowed to disembark the aircraft.

Coronavirus: Two Italians refused entry into Ghana

Speaking at a media briefing, Deputy Controller General In-Charge of Operations and Command at the Ghana Immigration Service, Laud Kwasi Ofori-Afrifa, said the service also prevented 24 Chinese nationals from entering the country.

Meanwhile, three Ghanaian nationals have died from the coronavirus outbreak in Italy and Denmark, the Foreign Affairs Ministry has revealed.

Coronavirus kills three Ghanaians abroad – Foreign Affairs Ministry

Despite frantic efforts being made by government to contain the spread of the disease, Director General at the Noguchi memorial institute for medical research, Professor Kwabena Annan, has warned that Ghana should brace itself for more cases.

Coronavirus: Let’s brace for more cases – Head of Noguchi warns

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