Forty people have been quarantined in the Tamale metropolis following the confirmation of 10 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the area.
The 40 people include the doctors and other health professionals who came into contact with the victims.
Mr Salifu Saeed, Northern Regional Minister, disclosed these to the Ghanaian Times in an interview in Tamale on Monday.
“All doctors, nurses and other health professional at Tamale Teaching Hospital who had handled the victims before the confirmation have been quarantined,” he stated.
Mr Saeed indicated that the Regional Coordinating Council and Regional Police Command were putting in strategies to isolate and quarantine the police personnel who apprehended the foreigners who tested COVID-19 positive.
The minister stressed that efforts were being made to get all those who came into contact with the infected persons.
Mr Saeed said that workers of the hotel where the victims lodged had been identified and quarantined as well.
He hinted that contact tracing were currently underway in the metropolis, saying, “We are doing everything possible to trace and quarantine all those who came into contact with the people”.
Mr Saeed, therefore, assured the people of the region not to panic and that the authorities were intensifying measures to prevent the spread of the disease in the region.
He also explained that blood samples of those quarantined had been taken and dispatched to Kumasi for testing.
There have been fear and panic among residents in the Tamale metropolis and its environs since the news of COVID-19 cases involving foreigners broke out on Sunday.
Many residents Ghanaian Times spoke to expressed fear and urged the authorities to carry mandatory and random testing in the area in order to stop the spread of the disease.
FROM YAKUBU ABDUL-MAJEED, TAMALE