All contacts traced shall be tested - Akufo-Addo on COVID-19

All contacts traced shall be tested - Akufo-Addo on COVID-19

- Nana Akufo-Addo has stated in March 21's nation's address that all contacts traced to COVID-19 patients in Ghana shall be tested for the disease

- Reports indicate that the number of contacts being traced is fast approaching 600

- According to the president, 50,000 test kits have been ordered and are expected to arrive soon

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President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has spoken in an address to the nation on this evening of March 21, 2020, to give new measures on COVID-19.

The president of the Republic categorically stated a number of new directives that must be observed by the general public and responsible stakeholders, also stating that all contacts traced in connection with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 would be tested.

Reports indicate that the number of contacts being traced is fast approaching 600.

"The Ministry of Health would not only step-up its contact-tracing efforts but would also see to it that all persons who have been identified as having come into contact with infected persons are tested for the virus," the president said.

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See the full nation's address by the president below:

"More personal protective equipment are being procured to beef up supplies for our frontline health workers. 50,000 additional test kits have been ordered and are expected in the country very shortly," he added.

This counts as the third time that the president of Ghana is updating the country on the efforts being made and directives to be followed in the fight against COVID-19.

Apart from testing all the contacts traced, the president also mentioned that all borders would be closed from the midnight of Sunday, March 22. He also adds that Wednesday, the 25th would be a national day of fasting for both Muslims and Christians.

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In other news, a 35-year-old Ghanaian male who returned to Accra after spending 14 days in France and tested positive for COVID-19 otherwise known as coronavirus has spoken in an interview.

According to Myjoyonline who organized the interview, the gentleman had gone on an official assignment in France after which he returned and decided to get tested for COVID-19.

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