Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has announced the country has confirmed two more cases of coronavirus bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to nine (9).
Interestingly, the two new cases were imported.
In a tweet, he wrote: “unfortunately we have confirmed two more cases overnight. Ghana’s case count is now at 9. Health services are still managing all suspected and confirmed cases well.”
Meanwhile, the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has affirmed the news on its website.
According to the GHS, of the two new cases, one is “33year old Ghanaian who returned to Accra from a conference in UAE” and the other is “a 56-year-old man, a Ghanaian who travelled back to Accra from a trip to UK.”
“On the 18th March, we received another report form NMIMR indicating two (2) more confirmed cases from the Greater Accra Region. Both are imported cases. One is a 56-year-old man, a Ghanaian who travelled back to Accra from a trip to UK about a week ago. The other is a 33-year-old Ghanaian, who returned to Accra from a conference in UAE. Both cases are receiving treatment in isolation.
“…On contact tracing, a total of 399 contacts have been identified and are being followed up. Nineteen (19) of the contacts developed some forms of symptoms and samples have taken for laboratory testing. We have received results for 15 of them which are all negative for COVID-19 and we are awaiting results for four (4) of them.”
The rise in number of confirmed cases comes despite government’s drastic measures to curb its spread by banning social gatherings and imposing a travel ban on countries with high cases of the disease.