Ghana has recorded five (5) new confirmed cases of the fast-spreading Coronavirus pandemic, making a total of 16 cases in all.
All 5 cases were confirmed on the 19th March 2020 from the Greater Accra Region, according to information on government’s official COVID-19 update page; https://ghanahealthservice.org/covid19/.
Details on the ghana health service page indicate that the cases involve a 29-year-old Ghanaian lady; a resident of Accra with no history of travel. A sample from her was confirmed positive in the laboratory
The others are a 34-year-old Ghanaian lady, also a resident of Accra; a 53-year-old Ghanaian male, resident of Tema, a 41-year-old Ghanaian male, and a 36-year-old Ghanaian male, resident of Paris, France.
The second case was a contact of a confirmed case at place of work, the third has no history of travel and no evidence of close contact with a confirmed case.
The fourth arrived in Ghana by KLM on the 15 March 2020. It indicated that the patient was exposed to family members in Amsterdam exhibiting respiratory symptoms and also on the flight with some passengers sneezing and coughing.
In the case of the 36-year-old Ghanaian male, the date of arrival in Ghana is unconfirmed and there is currently no evidence of contact with any infected person.
Contact tracing has been initiated in all these confirmed cases.
The new cases follow some previous 11 recorded from Wednesday, March 12, 2020.