Ghana’s COVID-19: One more patient dies; death toll hits 6

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As of 7 April 2020, at 14:40 hrs, Ghana’s COVID-19 case load had increased by twenty-six to 313 with one more death recorded, increasing the fatality toll to six, according to the latest update by the Ghana Health Service.

According to the GHS, the increase in number is attributable to its “enhanced contact-tracing and testing”, which are ongoing.

The new cases are distributed thus: Greater Accra Region (274), Ashanti Region (25), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1), Upper East Region (1) and Central Region (1).

The GHS said: “A total of 161 cases were reported from the routine surveillance, 37 from enhanced surveillance activities and those from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale are 115”.

According to the update, “The period for mandatory quarantine for travellers who arrived between 21 and 22 March 2020, has ended”.

“In all, a total 1,030 travellers were quarantined during the period. Out of these, 79 (7.7%) were positive during the initial testing whilst 951 were negative. Twenty-six (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.

“With regard to enhanced contact-tracing and testing, as of 7 April 2020, a total of 11,016 samples from contacts have been processed and 37 (0.34%) have been confirmed positive for COVID-19”.

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