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Ghana’s confirmed COVID-19 cases now 136

Ghana’s confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases now stands at 136 as four new cases were recorded yesterday from regular surveillance systems.

The surveillance refers to the ongoing collection of information among persons suspected to have contracted the disease.

According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), contact tracing has been initiated in the new cases.

In total, 58 cases including three deaths have been confirmed from the regular surveillance systems with 78 others recorded among some 1,030 persons under mandatory quarantine.

Two hundred and four persons have so far completed a 14 days mandatory follow up out of a total of 1,006 contacts that have been identified from the recorded cases and are being tracked.

“All the other 54 cases are well; 14 are being managed at home and the rest are responding well to treatment on admission in isolation. They are awaiting their test results and will be discharged when the results are negative,” the GHS said.

Majority of Ghana’s confirmed cases are Ghanaians who returned home from affected countries. 

Seven are of other nationals namely: Norway, Lebanon, China, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom (UK). 

So far, some 170 countries across the globe have been hit by the pandemic with confirmed cases rising to about 559,000, with about 128,781 recoveries and 25,278 deaths as of yesterday.

COVID-19 is a new form of coronaviruses that is associated with respiratory disorders and characterised by symptoms such as fever, sore throat, runny nose and breathing difficulties. 

To prevent contracting the infection, members of the public are advised to adhere to precautionary measures including regular washing of hands with soap under running water and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

Avoid shaking of hands, keep distance of at least two metres from persons with signs of fever, cough, sneezing and difficulty in breathing, don’t touch face, eyes, mouth or nose with unwashed hands, be physically active, drink plenty of water, eat healthy, avoid stress and have enough sleep, health experts have advised.

In case of suspected cases members are to call the following emergency numbers; 112, 0509497700 and 0558439868.

BY ABIGAIL ANNOH

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