The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has confirmed two more cases of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the number to 11.
The case was recorded at the isolation centre in Kumasi in the Ashanti region.
According to the GHS, both were imported cases. The service said the patients were receiving treatment in isolation.
Read the full release below:
On 19 March 2020, we received notification from KCCR indicating two (2) newly confirmed cases in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
-The first is a 59-year-old Ghanaian woman, resident in the United Kingdom who recently returned to Ghana and currently living in Kumasi, reported to a private hospital with the history of fever (temp of 39.1oC), general malaise, cough and runny nose.
Her condition was suspected to be COVID-19. Sample was subsequently collected and sent to KCCR and the report was received this early morning as positive for COVID-19.
-The second case is a 61-year-old Lebanese male trader and resident in Kumasi. He felt unwell and reported to a health facility with fever (temp 39.4oC), and cough. The sample tested positive for COVID-19.
-Both case patients are being managed in isolation and responding to treatment.
So far the confirmed cases in Ghana are from Turkey, Norway, Germany, France, United States of America, United Kingdom (UK) and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
With regards to contact tracing, a total of 399 contacts have been identified and are being followed up. Nineteen of the contacts developed some forms of symptoms and samples were taken for laboratory testing.
We have received laboratory results for 15 of them which are all negative for COVID-19 and we are awaiting results for the four others.
Contact identification and tracking for the newly confirmed cases have just started.