A second person has died from the coronavirus in Ghana.
The Ghana Health Service has yet to give details about the deceased but said three new cases have been recorded, bringing Ghana’s total number to 27.
In an update on its website, the Service said a total of 521 suspected cases have been tested for COVID-19 by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).
All the remaining 25 confirmed cases are receiving treatment in isolation, the Service added.
Among the confirmed cases, 20 are of Ghanaian nationality, the majority of whom returned to the country from affected countries.
Seven are of other nationalities – Norway, Lebanon, China, France and UK.
In respect of contact tracing, the Service said a total of 598 contacts have been identified and are being tracked.
One of the contacts developed symptoms and have been confirmed positive following tests while 19 have completed the 14 days of mandatory follow up.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has declared Wednesday, March 25, a national fasting and prayer day to help the fight the coronavirus surge.
Speaking on Saturday during the nation’s address, he urged people of all religious background across the country to participate.
“Whilst we continue to adhere to these measures and wrap up our efforts to defeat this virus, I urge all of us also to see the face of the Almighty. So on Wednesday 25 March 2020, I appeal to all Ghanaian Christians and Muslims to observe a national day of fasting and prayer.”
Prior to this announcement, President Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, met with some members of the Christian community to pray for the nation.
The Vice-President also met up with the Cheif Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, along with other high-profile Muslim leaders on Friday, to also observe a prayer for the country.
President Akufo-Addo, during his address added, with the increasing cases of localised infections, it is important Ghanaians maintain strict self-discipline to help minimise the spread of the virus.
“I am pleading with each and every one of you comply with these measures our survival is in our own hands,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the country’s recorded cases of coronavirus have increased to 21. However, one person, a Lebanese trader living in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region capital, passed away from the virus on March 21.