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Community Infections Of Covid-19 Surpass Imported Cases In Ghana

Reports from the Ghana Health Service indicate that the number of people who have contracted the deadly coronavirus with no travel history has surpassed the number of imported cases in the country.

Figures from the Ghana Health Service revealed 66.6 per cent of the people with the virus in the country have no history of travel, while those with travel history is pegged at 33.4 per cent.

Ghana has recorded over 500 cases with just two cases which were reported in the Greater Accra region. The disease has spread to 10 out of the 16 regions with 8 deaths recorded.

“Of the 566 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 292 were reported from the routine surveillance, 159 from enhanced surveillance activities and 115 from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale,” the Ghana Health Service explained on Sunday.

A total of 37,954 persons have been tested for the virus since March 12 of which 566 came out positive. Four of them have recovered and discharged.

Of the current positive cases, 552 cases have been categorised as mild while two are said to be moderate to severe cases.

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“None [is] currently on ventilators,” health authorities have said.

To curb the spread of community infections, the government has extended partial lockdown imposed on Kumasi, Accra and Kasoa by one more week.

According to health officials, the sudden increase in number is as a result of the intensive contact tracing and other measures put in place by the government to halt the spread of the Covid-19.

Restrictions imposed on public gatherings have also been extended by two weeks.

“The restrictions imposed on public gatherings, under EI 64, have been extended for a further period of two (2) weeks, with effect from Monday, 13th April, 2020,” the statement said.


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