The total number of Coronavirus cases in Ghana has increased to 287.
This means that 73 more cases have been added to the country’s case count. Total deaths and recovery remain at five (5) and three (3) respectively.
The rise in the number of cases follows measures of enhanced contact tracing and testing, the Ghana Health Service said. Details of the latest additions were however not given.
So far, Greater Accra Region has most cases (258) followed by the Ashanti Region (18), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1) and Upper East Region (1).
The period for mandatory quarantine for travellers who arrived 21-22 March 2020 as per the President’s directive has also ended.
This was part of enhanced measures to track the real number of persons who have contracted the infection in a bid to prevent further spread.
In all, a total of 1,030 travellers were quarantined during the period.
But the GHS says out of these, 79 (7.7%) were positive during the initial testing whilst 951 were negative.
26 among those that were initially negative were found to have converted to be positive at the exit screening, bringing to a total of 105 which constitutes 10.2% among the travellers that were quarantined.
I’ve been vindicated by decision to quarantine returnees – Akufo-Addo
President Nana Akufo-Addo says he has been vindicated by the decision to mandatorily quarantine all persons who arrived in the country after March 21.
He said the fact that the majority of Ghana’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) case count is from the population of people under mandatory quarantine shows that the decision was appropriate and in the best interest of the populace.
Akufo-Addo, who was speaking at a meeting with members of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) at the Jubilee House on Thursday, March 26, 2020, said: “I have been vindicated by facts. It turns out that the overwhelming number of cases are all from people who came from abroad and of those who came and have been quarantined, an extreme number have been found to be carrying the virus.”