Ghana now has 68 coronavirus cases, according to an update from the Ghana Health Service. This means that 15 more cases have been confirmed in the country since the last cases were announced less than 24 hours ago.
The virus, since it was first detected in the country earlier this month, has so far claimed two lives.
Alarmed by the possibility of an accelerated spread of the virus, the government has taken several measures including shutting the country’s borders and placing a ban on mass public gatherings such as funerals, weddings, and church services.
All across the country today, Christians and Muslims are being urged to fast and pray against the spread of the disease.
The Ghana Health Service put out the following update on its Covid-19 website a short while ago:
As of the morning of 25 March 2020, a total of sixty-eight (68) cases including two (2) deaths have been confirmed. Sixty-six (66) of these confirmed cases are being managed in isolation.
The sudden spike in case incidence is a result of the mandatory quarantine and compulsory testing for all travelers entering Ghana, as directed by the president. Overall, 30 of the 68 cases have been reported in the general population with the remaining 38 cases among persons currently under mandatory quarantine. As of 24 March, a total of 1,030 persons are under mandatory quarantine; samples from 863 of them have been tested and 38 confirmed positive.
The great majority of the confirmed cases are Ghanaians, who returned home from affected countries. Seven (7) are of other nationalities namely: Norway, Lebanon, China, and the UK.
In respect of contact tracing, a total of 829 contacts have been identified and are being tracked.
A total of 826 contacts have been enlisted and being tracked. Nineteen (19) people have completed the 14 days of mandatory follow up.