Following the testing of more people who have been mandatorily quarantined, one more person has tested positive for the COVID 19 disease to bring the total tally of the cases in Ghana to 53 as of Tuesday night, March 24, 2020.
According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), out of the total 1030 people on mandatory quarantine, the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) has been able to test a total of 510 out of the 611 samples taken as of Tuesday night.
The rest are yet to be tested.
The 26 new cases recorded on Tuesday are from those who arrived in Ghana in the last few days and were in mandatory quarantine and have tested positive.
This brings the total positive cases in Ghana to 53.
Out of that, there have been two deaths, leaving 51 existing cases which are being managed in isolation.
In all, a total of 1030 travellers who arrived in Ghana after air, land and sea borders were closed are currently on mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
As of 24 March 2020, a total of fifty-three (53) cases including two (2) deaths have been confirmed. All the fifty-one (51) confirmed cases are receiving treatment in isolation.
The sudden spike in case incidence is as a result of the mandatory quarantine and compulsory testing for all travellers entering Ghana, as directed by the president. As of 24 March, total of 1,030 are under mandatory quarantine; 844 have had their samples taken; 510 have had the samples tested; and out these twenty-six (26) tested positive for COVID-19.
Great majority of the confirmed cases are Ghanaians, who returned home from affected countries. Seven (7) are of other nationals namely: Norway, Lebanon, China, France, UK. In respect of contact tracing, a total of 829 contacts have been identified and are being tracked. One (1) of the contacts developed symptoms and has been confirmed positive.
Nineteen (19) people have completed the 14 days of mandatory follow up.
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