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Ghana’s corona-virus cases surge to 287

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Ghana has confirmed 73 additional cases of Coronavirus, bringing the total count to 287 from the 214 cases reported initially.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) in a statement to Business Daily said after frontline health workers embarked on an enhanced contact tracing and testing, Ghana has detected an increased number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

“As at 6th April 2020, 23:30 hr, a total of 287 cases of COVID-19 with five deaths have been recorded.

“The regional distribution of the cases are as follows: Greater Accra Region has the highest number of cases (258) followed by the Ashanti Region (18), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1) and Upper East Region (1),” the statement read.

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The GHS indicated, “a total of 172 cases were reported from the routine and enhanced surveillance activities and those from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale are 115.”

The period for mandatory quarantine for travellers who arrived 21-22 March 2020, the GHS said, has ended.

The Ghana Health Service in its statement explained, in all, a total of 1,030 travelers were quarantined during the period. Out of the numbers, 79 (7.7%) were positive during the initial testing whilst 951 were negative.

It added, “Twenty-six 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 travelers that were screened”

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