Update: Coronavirus cases in Ghana surges to 161

Ghana has recorded nine more cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID 19) as of Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Ghana confirms four more cases of coronavirus, Ministry of Health says

The Ghana Health Service confirmed on its Twitter handle.

This brings the number of infected people in Ghana to 161

The country has also recorded 5 deaths from the pandemic.

According to the GHS, nine new cases were reported from Accra.

"As at 31 st March 2020, 15:00 hrs, nine (9) new cases of COVID-19 have been reported from NMIMR since the last update at 08:30hrs on 30th March 2020. All nine (9) were reported from Accra, three (3) of them travelled to Ghana within the past 14 days from Germany, France and Hungary respectively but for six (6) of them there is no history of travel outside," the report said

Adding that "The Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) also reported on tests from 77 samples including samples from 41 asymptomatic contacts of a case from Tamale Teaching Hospital and all are NEGATIVE for COVID-19."

"This brings up to a total of 161 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ghana, including five (5) deaths as of 31 st March 2020 at 15:00Hr," the report further noted.

Three (3) of the confirmed cases have fully recovered and reverted to negative status for COVID-19 after repeat test following recovery from symptoms.

As at 31st March 2020, additional thirty-one (31) confirmed cases have significantly improved with no symptoms and have been discharged from admission for home care pending repetition of laboratory tests. This adds to the 18 that were earlier being managed from home and bring the number of cases on home care to forty-nine (49).

Processes for enhanced contact tracing and laboratory testing have been initiated. A total of 1,185 contacts have been identified and are being followed up.

"All five (5) deaths had underlying chronic medical conditions prior to COVID-19 infection," the ministry concluded.

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