A Somali man wears a surgical mask and gloves on the street after after the government announced the closure of schools and universities and banned large gatherings, following the announcement on Monday of the country's first case of the new coronavirus, in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, March 18, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough and the vast majority recover in 2-6 weeks but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health issues, the virus that causes COVID-19 can result in more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali man wears a surgical mask and gloves on the street after after the government announced the closure of schools and universities and banned large gatherings, following the announcement on Monday of the country's first case of the new coronavirus, in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, March 18, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough and the vast majority recover in 2-6 weeks but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health issues, the virus that causes COVID-19 can result in more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Ghana's Covid-19 cases rise to seven

By Siphumelele Khumalo Time of article published Mar 18, 2020

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JOHANNESBURG - The Ghana Health Service has confirmed one new case of Covid-19 in the country, bringing the total number of infections to seven. 

"As of 17 March 2020, a total of 143 suspected cases have been tested for Covid-19 by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR)," said GHS. 

The new case was from the Greater Accra Region: a 35-year-old male citizen who returned to Accra from France. 

The man was stable and in isolation, said GHS. 

"With regard to contact tracing, a total of 350 contacts have been identified and are being followed up. 

"Two of the contacts who developed symptoms had their samples tested but they came out to be negative. Currently, there have been no deaths and all the seven (7) confirmed COVID-19 cases are being managed in isolation and are in stable condition." 

African News Agency


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