COVID-19: 521 suspected cases tested so far - Ghana Health Service

COVID-19: 521 suspected cases tested so far - Ghana Health Service

- 521 reports of suspected COVID-19 cases have been tested for far according to the Ghana Health Service

- These cases were recorded both at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR)

- Aside the 521 suspected cases, 598 contacts have been traced in connection with people who have tested positive for the deadly virus

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A total of 521 suspected cases of the deadly coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19 have reportedly been tested in Ghana so far, YEN.com.gh can report.

The Ghana Health Service made this information known on their official website where it was also indicated that all 521 cases came from both the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).

These values were gathered on March 23, 2020, by 14:00 hours before the Ghana Health Service confirmed that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country had risen from 24 to 27 with two deaths so far.

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"Out of the 521 cases that were suspected, twenty-seven (27) cases including two (2) deaths have been confirmed," the report said.

It is also clear that all the 25 confirmed cases which are currently active in the country are receiving treatment and being carefully monitored in isolation.

Out of the total number of confirmed cases which is 27, 20 are of Ghanaian nationality whilst the rest of the seven came from other countries namely, Norway, China, the UK, France and Lebanon.

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In respect of contact tracing, a total of 598 contacts have been identified and are being tracked out of which one has reportedly tested positive so far.

In other news, a global pandemic with attributes resembling those of COVID-19 by name H1N1 or Influenza or Spanish flu occurred in 1918 and killed an estimated 100,000 Ghanaians.

A report gathered by Cambridge.org, indicates that the disease was introduced into the then Gold Coast by shipping along the Southern Coast and overland across the Northern Frontier.

The influenza epidemic killed 100,000 or more people in less than six months and was almost certainly the worst short-term demographic disaster in the history of Ghana.

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