Ghana Health Services has announced that coronavirus cases are now at 287. The number is said to have skyrocketed after the government started massive testing and contact tracing. The total recoveries have remained at 3 while the total number of deaths has remained at 5.
According to the statement from Ghana Health Services:
“Following measures for enhanced contact tracing and testing, Ghana has detected an increased number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
As at 6th April 2020, 23:30 hr, a total of 287 cases of COVID-19 with five (5) deaths have been recorded. The regional distribution of the cases are as follows: Greater Accra Region has most cases (258) followed by the Ashanti Region (18), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1) and Upper East Region (1).
A total of 172 cases were reported from the routine and enhanced surveillance activities and those from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale are 115.
The period for mandatory quarantine for travellers who arrived 21-22 March 2020 has ended. In all, a total 1,030 travellers were quarantined during the period. Out of these, 79 (7.7%) were positive during the initial testing whilst 951 were negative. Twenty-six (26) among those that were initially negative were found to have converted to be positive at the exit screening, bringing to a total of 105 which constitutes 10.2% among the travellers that were quarantined.”
More strict measures are expected to be put in place in the affected areas to reduce the spread of the virus. At the moment there are only three main towns that are under lockdown. The three include Accra, Kumasi, and Tema. Other affected areas such as Tamale might be heading to a similar route. Last week commercial sex was termed illegal after three sex workers were found positive for the virus.