The Minister of Information, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has asked Ghanaians not to be perturbed by the increasing cases of the novel coronavirus in the country. He made these comments in a press conference at the Ministry of Information, Accra today 7th March 2020. Addressing the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah stated that “the case count which has gone up is as a result of two significant things. The decision was to mandatorily quarantine the about one thousand and thirty persons who were coming in within the 48 hour period before the closure of our borders.
“The first test proved that about seventy nine of them were positive but the expert advised that it will be important to ensure that the remaining are kept in mandatory quarantine for a fourteen day period and tested the second time because it is possible that somebody may have been exposed early and was not manifesting the exposure in the samples that were taken and when the second test was done, twenty six of them now turned positive. So a good chunk of the increase in our case count is coming from the second group of persons who tested positive during the second test” he added.
The Ghana Health Service last night announced a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases from two hundred and fourteen to two hundred and eighty seven. This the service explained is as a result of “measures for enhanced contact tracing and testing”.
However, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah who is also Member of Parliament for Ofoase Ayiribi noted that “as the President mentioned on Sunday night, about nineteen thousand persons have been traced. Samples have taken from about fifteen thousand. So far, out of the fifteen thousand persons, seven thousand four hundred and sixty one have been tested and out of that, fourteen that is 0.18 percent have tested positive.
“These are some of the reasons for which we are seeing the case count go up and that is why we continue to encourage people not to get alarmed when you see the raw case count numbers go up. It is because we are aggressively going out there in search of the virus” he continued.
Ghana has recorded two hundred and eighty seven confirmed cases of the novel virus. Out of the two hundred and eighty seven, two hundred and fifty six of the cases have been recorded in the Greater Accra Region, eighteen cases in the Ashanti Region, ten in the Northern Region and 1 in the Upper West, Upper East and Eastern Regions respectively. One hundred and seventy two of these cases have come from state’s general surveillance, one hundred and five came from the 1030 travelers undergoing mandatory quarantine in Accra and the 10 travelers who were also made to go through mandatory quarantine in Tamale.