Goldfields Ghana confirms 1st COVID-19 case at Tarkwa Mine

Goldfields Ghana has confirmed the first COVID-19 case at its Tarkwa mine in the Western Region.

A statement issued and copied to the Ghanaian Times said “The company received the test results from the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research on May 3, 2020.”

It further stated that, “The patient, who is a worker of one of our mining contractors, has been isolated and receiving treatment.

“The worker’s wife also tested positive and has been isolated as well. The couple are in stable condition.” The statement added.

Goldfields further stated that, it has together with the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Rapid Response Team begun aggressive contact tracing among the workforce and within the mine host communities.

Meanwhile, workers who have had their samples taken are undergoing self-isolation for 14 days.

“We have also tracked the employee’s movement over the past few weeks, and together with the municipal team are tracing other people with whom he may have come into contact within the Tarkwa community,” the statement added.

The current case count in the country stands at 3,019, with 303 recoveries and 18 deaths as of May 7, 2020.

The Greater Accra Region is still leading the chart with 2,579 cases, followed by the Ashanti and Eastern regions with 165 and 95 cases respectively.


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