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Upper East: 86 Police recruits at Pwalugu test positive for COVID-19

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The unprecedented surge in the number of persons who have contracted COVID-19 from 42 to 128 in the Upper East Region has been attributed to police recruits at the Pwalugu Police Training School.

According to reliable sources at the Upper East Regional Health Directorate available to MyNewsGh.com, all new cases, a total of 86, have come from samples of police recruits that were taken upon their return for training and tested.

The situation has somewhat sparked fear in the region which had its treatment centre temporarily closed down.

Health Authorities of the region had temporarily shut down the treatment centre for COVID-19 after all patients recovered, much to the excitement of residents.

However, the rapid surge in the numbers have set tongues wagging about the effectiveness of the containment measures in the region but the revelation that the cases have come from one source and that all of them have been effectively quarantined have been somewhat reassuring.

Meanwhile the case count for the country has risen to by 262 to 11,118 but the number of deaths still stands at 48. The number of recoveries stands at 3,979.

But  virologist with Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research(KCCR) in Tropical Medicine Dr.Michael  Owusu has said the assytomatic population that has increased within a period has begun infecting the vulnerable group.

“I mean data is available; through the public health division and surveillance, they know where these cases are coming from. So, if you restrict movement in those places, you can better contain them and then you will be able to manage what happens at the regional level”, said Dr. Owusu on an Accra-based Radio station monitored by MyNewsGh.com

 

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